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Old 10-10-2009, 11:57 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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ROGUE RIVER, Ore. - The wild and scenic Rogue River has become even wilder with the demolition of a dam that had hindered passage of salmon and steelhead to their spawning grounds for 88 years.

A flotilla of some 80 rafts, driftboats and kayaks celebrated the breaching of the Savage Rapids Dam on Saturday by floating through the remains of the concrete structure in southwest Oregon.

River runs wilder now that dam is gone - Environment- msnbc.com
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Old 10-11-2009, 08:43 AM
 
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Yes this is progress and I hope this kind of progress continues with the tearing down of all our dams.
It's best our rivers be wild and natural for the sake of the environment regardless of whether the dam produces energy or just irrigation water, or a combination of water and energy.

Enormous transfer pumps consuming energy at the rate of millions of watts per year can easily provide any irrigation water that was lost due to the dams destruction. Local farmers will have to pass on the higher cost of water to the consumer, as they should, or they could simply shut down for the sake of the environment.
And besides we can easily import more food at a much lower cost from all our friends south of the border seeings how our water is so expensive.

As for any lost hydro power we can simply replace that with renewable energy such as solar, wind and geo thermal.
Increased tourism will provide new jobs to replace all the high paying jobs lost due to the dams destruction.

So in the end it's a win win for everybody.

Signed; Obamas clean coal coalition.
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