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Flawed arguments on supposed benefits of
Klamath River dams removal
by John Menke, Fort
For 22-years I studied the flawed arguments on supposed
benefits of Klamath River dams removal. I told USDI rep. John
Bezdek at his first public meeting in Yreka, CA: “the Klamath
River watershed is the poorest possible situation to consider
removal of dams in North America”, maybe worldwide.
This river frequently dried up in summer prior to construction
of the first of the dams. The high-phosphorus content of parent
rock, soils, water and sediments have always created naturally
very poor water quality, even long before Indians and later
white man settled in the Upper Klamath Basin (UKB).
Couple that with California and Oregon agendas including carbon
credit accounting for electricity production, a switch-over to
natural gas will provide the means for high pricing of
electricity beyond an affordable level for everyone.
UC Davis Professor of fish biology Dr. Peter Moyle’s Ph.D.
student Dr. Ken Gobalet, Professor of biology at CA State Univ.
Bakersfield, would long ago have identified Chinook and coho
salmon bones in Indian middens in the UKB if those species of
fish ever frequented the UKB. Gobalet is the expert on that
subject. The reef barrier near the site of the current Keno
water diversion disallowed fish to migrate past that point most
Dr. Moyle and his colleagues including me have stated that
slowing down the water passage rate in the Klamath River by the
dams allows natural bioremediation of the high phosphorus levels
in the water by blue-green algae sequestration into reservoir
sediments—dead algae muck. Water quality below the dams is
better with the dams than without.
Reservoir sediments can be harvested economically and supply
phosphorus for food production on a sustainable basis.
John W. Menke. A.A. Mathematics (1966), B.S. Range and Wildlands
Science (1969), M.S. Agronomy (1970), Ph.D. Range Systems
Ecology and Management (1973), professor UC Davis and Berkeley
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