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Learning about Dams, political & fishy perspectives

May 26th, 2009 · 3 Comments

A couple of news stories related to Columbia River Salmon.

The Obama administration is studying up on the Columbia River dam situation.  They participated in closed door meetings with local government and tribal leaders. Fishermen were not included.

Here is a story of scientists using 3-d sonar mapping technology to study how juvenile salmon navigate (or fail to) around dams.

Tags: Conservation

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jim McCarthy // Jun 17, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    The Columbia dams and salmon debate is a tough one. I also noticed you had a post up about the Sacramento Delta pumps and the associated salmon collapse. Both these debates involve a lot of competing interests and are likely to continue for some time to come. One example where the fish have recently come out better after a long fight – and by all appearances without creating losers on the other side – is Oregon’s famous Rogue River. Two dams (Gold Hill and Elk Creek) came down last year. Savage Rapids Dam is being demolished as I type – in one of the largest removals ever in the US. Funny thing is, just ten years ago, the debate over some of these dams was just as polarized as what we see now in the Columbia and Sacramento. Maybe there are some lessons we can learn from the Rogue. I hope so. Check out: http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/121281811226290.xml&coll=7

  • 2 Hot Dam! // Jun 17, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    [...] to a comment from Jim McCarthy, where he pointed to the WaterWatch web site, we have a cool video to watch where dams actually get [...]

  • 3 WhiskeyCreek // Jun 17, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Thanks Jim and congratulations on your success. The video on the WaterWatch site is awesome, I hope we can resolve the issues on the Sac & Columbia with the same success you’ve had on the Rouge.

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