The case against
removing the dams
Letter to the Editor of Herald and News by Dr Richard Gierak,
Hydroelectric dams in the United States:
federal mandates navigable rivers fall directly under the
authority of the federal government and not the states. The
Klamath River is considered a navigable river.
2. Under the
federal Endangered Species Act, protection of species can
only be applied to indigenous species and it has been proven
that coho salmon were never indigenous and were planted from
mid-Oregon in the 1960s and '80s.
3. Violation of
the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act: Dam removal would
release toxic material that would destroy the habitat for
Commerce Clause — No state may impose any regulatory action
against navigable rivers in the United States, of which the
Klamath River is a navigable rivto retain the dams and their
votes are being ignored. er.
5. Rogue Valley
irrigation rights in Southern Oregon: Removal of these dams
would remove approximately 40 percent of water from the
Klamath River that now goes to Jackson County, Oregon, for
agriculture resulting in serious loss of agriculture in
6. At the
present time, these hydroelectric dams supply Northern
California and most of Oregon homes and businesses with the
least expensive power available. At present the average
homeowner is liable for approximately $200 per month and
with the proposed natural gas power supply it would increase
the costs to $800 per month.
County would be in serious loss of existing water rights.
8. Cal Fire's
ability to fight wildfires, without these dams, fire
helicopters would have to make long, time-consuming trips to
refill their buckets to fight forest fires resulting in
serious delay in controlling these fires.
of the United States: 80 percent of Siskiyou County
residents voted to retain the dams and their votes are being
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