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Dam removal makes no economic sense
by Bart and Mary Kent, Siskiyou Daily News July 14, 2009
Copco Lake - Dear Editor,
As homeowners on Copco Lake, one of the reservoirs formed by the
Klamath River dams, my wife and I take issue with several comments
in Craig Tucker’s recent Guest Opinion.
First, Mr. Tucker states that PacifiCorp is entering into dam
removal willingly and that local government should not interfere.
This is false. From the beginning PacifiCorp’s interest was in
re-licensing the dams. They spent millions of dollars toward this.
It was only after legal maneuvering by those insisting on dam
removal that they changed their position. Our local government
should interfere. These are the people we elect to look out for
our interests and we are very proud of the position and actions
Ms. Armstrong and the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors have
Tucker states the pending agreements would bring together nearly a
billion dollars, some designated to Siskiyou County to fund dam
removal. There is no guarantee that local contractors will be
hired and that the money will stay in Siskiyou County. Usually
these contracts are put out to public bid with no guarantee to the
Removal of the dams will greatly diminish the property values
around Copco Lake and downriver. Long before the current economic
crisis the real estate market was penalizing the Copco Lake area
while other areas in the county were showing typical appreciation
in property values. As a 20-year licensed California real estate
appraiser I watched in amazement the values decline around Copco
Lake due to dam removal discussion. We are still at least 11 years
from possible removal of the dams, so common sense dictates our
values will continue to decline. All property owners can relate to
our frustration Outside parties are making decisions that will
affect our property values and yet we were excluded from any
discussion or decisions. No mention has ever been made of any
compensation to the property owners who have so much at stake.
My last issue is this – Mr. Tucker referring to us as dam huggers
is not in keeping with his statement that leaders from the
communities sit down and talk to one another. Name-calling is
divisive and caustic. The situation we face is difficult enough
without having Mr.. Tucker cause further alienation. I ask the
Karuk tribe: Is this the type of commentary you wish to see from
your Klamath coordinator?
Consideration of dam removal makes no sense in this economic
atmosphere, not to mention the loss of the green power supplied by
Thursday July 16, 2009 03:48 AM Pacific
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