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'Incredibly Important Step' Toward Restorative Justice as Tribes, Dem Governors, and Klamath Dam Owner Announce Salmon Restoration Plan

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/11/18/incredibly-important-step-toward-restorative-justice-tribes-dem-governors-and

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Encouraging news. I’ll hold off celebrating until I see dam rubble flowing out to sea.

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"Klamath River dams generate very little power & the cost to upgrade the 4 dams is significantly more than the cost to remove. "

Sounds like Buffet found a way for California and Oregon to get him out of a bad investment. Billionaires! Ha! Ya mean bull shit! Other people’s money! This should have been done at corporate expense. The 1% have become unaffordable.

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Water flow is good but the swamps and marshes need to be reconstituted as well to recharge the aquifers and to sequester water during heavy rains. with the arctic melting and the glaciers we should pipe the water down to the west coast for salmon rivers and rebuild the central CA water system. That would be worthy of FDR, but no way it happens with banker Joe.

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Oregon & California agreed to pick up the cost of anything PacifiCorp might be on the hook for re: the removal of these 4 old dams, the environmental clean ups associated with same and all the rest of the detritus of past bad Federal decisions.
The future of this region, in S. Oregon and N. California, certainly doesn’t reside in very, very marginal agricultural or power production. But, the synergy of Native tribes and forward thinking environmental groups in both states, is certainly a win-win. Another century and this bio-region will be transformed. Their grandchildren will be impressed by these efforts.
It’s a beautiful and interesting area already. This will make it even more so.I highly recommend the Klamath Wildlife Refuge areas, Mount Shasta, etc.

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In the end it’s a win, agree.

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OMG. This is a YEAH beyond a YEAH !!!

When you understand the Sacred Life of the Salmon and how that is a Totem of the Indigenous Peoples…This Is Sacred

May We Care for One Another

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Recharging aquifers … now theres a hush-hush crisis if ever there was one.

Nestle ought to be reigned in to tune of 90% of global operations. They put a junk yard dog in as CEO and the presumptuous usurpation of water resources has been an abomination. Can we do something like the Hague for environmental usurpation by god-all-powerful corporate raiders?
Anyone interested in adding to list … be my guest.

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Now, on to restoring all the eco-systems of Mother Earth and restoring the stewardship of land to the First Nations in US America.

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Clearly, the power of the corporations must be removed once and for all. For all the railing capitalists do against socialism they don’t mind socializing the clean-ups of their projects, now do they?

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100% - Congratulations to all concerned !

Sure hope they can pull this off ~

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That’s the way forward - one hopes.

I’m not used to good news anymore - so this came as a shock. My preferred route down to the Anza-Borrego Desert and J-Tree took me down I5 and over the Siskiyou Summit or Siskiyou Pass (just to the west of the Summit). Then down down into the great Central Valley of California. I’d watch my GPS altimeter reel off the descent from some 1300 meters at the Summit to just above sea level in some places in the Valley itself. As a geologist, San Andreas Transform fault system and all, this was more than interesting !

Yes - beautiful country, and according to legend, the Yurok had only one law - ‘To be true to yourself’.

If that isn’t actually the case, then I wish it were, and I like that way of thinking very much.
@Giovanna-Lepore

PS: I was given a book by a friend I made in J-Tree, a retired Marine Master Sergeant. The book was “Cadillac Desert”, and it is a winner - a compelling tale of how the water infrastructure of California was actually built. But the best part for me was always the ‘gift’ - between people of different countries.

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Free flowing unpolluted rivers create vast natural wealth untouchable by oligarch privatizers of public resources and Earth. All life including humans will be richer by this act of dam removal.

The Connecticut river and tributaries are also good candidates for restorative justice via dam removal.

Hate being right! ~https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/11/19/real-looting-america-walton-family-gao-report-details-how-taxpayers-subsidize-cruel

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p.s. As far as the risk for cleanups go, when a corporation or individual decides to go into business for profit they assume the risks. Otherwise they shouldn’t have in the first place.

Ah, but that’s not how capitalists work or think. The problems always belong to someone else. Just ask Buffet.

High past time.

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Having worked in the hydroelectric power industry for decades I found that FERC relicensing expenses for dams this size make the dams a liability, not an asset. Taxpayer funded dam removals where the corporate owners get big bucks for something for which there is no market are therefore just more corporate welfare.

I’ve read articles in the past about dam removal. Even the big ones, and the designer, were in favor of removal decades later.

Just how is the removal of these four dams on the Klamath to be effected - dynamite, divert and dismantle by hand ???

Most dams were designed to fit the site. They are therefore unique and dam removals are typically subject to many unique contract parameters, including the contractor submitting detailed plans that need to be approved by the dam owner’s and/or regulators engineers.

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As an inveterate fisherman, one who fishes the Klamath River twice a year, once for salmon and once for steelhead, using a Yurok guide, this news heartens me greatly.
The salmon fishery has been in decline there for a while now, this year very few adult salmon appeared, instead a great many ‘jack salmon’ ( fish under twenty three inches) were found.
One other point, the photo is misleading in that no Yurok fishes that way any more. Instead they use nets stretched out from shore to catch a great many salmon in good years.
Yurok, whose reservation stretches a hundred miles along the Klamath River, have two seasons for salmon; one for commercial sales and another for subsistence fishing.