April 29, 2011 in Letters, Opinion

What’s the backup plan?


Harvey Morrison (Letters, April 22) is a bit confused. He states the run-of-the-river dams cannot store water for later use in other seasons. To dam means to stop the flow of water and hold it in a basin, thereby controlling the flow over a longer period.

Where does he propose to store the power created by the wind for use when there is no wind? In my world, the wind does not blow every day nor does the sun shine every day. We need clean, reliable power on a daily basis 24/7.

If the dams are removed, he will be paying dearly for the salmon who, by the way, seem to be on the comeback. Thousands of jobs will be lost and tens of thousands of acres of food-producing land will be out of production. Also, he will add thousands of trucks to the roadways to haul the goods now moved by barge up and down the river through these worthless dams.

No! The Columbia-Snake River system is one of the largest inland water transportation systems in the world. Far too valuable for too many people to abandon. Water is the cheapest way to move freight.

Do a little research.

Tom Meise

Washtucna, Wash.

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