Wednesday, March 20, 2002
I am writing to adamantly disagree with Daniel Dancer's letter to the editor of March 13. I can't imagine where he came up with the theory that "the Mid Columbia community has voiced its overwhelming support for the removal of the antiquated Condid Dam." I have certainly not heard that -- as a matter of fact, I can't imagine why anyone would encourage removal of a hydro dam when we know the power lost will probably be replaced with something much less environmentally acceptable -- i.e. anyone notice our air quality?
And where on earth do you get off saying the removal will be "painful to fisherman and cabin owners" -- obviously you have no grasp of the huge summertime activities enjoyed by many gorge area residents at Northwestern lake. The heck with the fisherman, what about the rest of us who enjoy the lake!
And what's this "our compassion for them can be balanced with the knowledge that Condit Dam is old and will be silted up and completly useless in 20 years anyway!" That sounds like some of the new "designer science" . . . Let's try another one -- why are we even thinking of restoring runs of "endangered" fish when it appears they never were endangered (i.e. wild vs. hatchery). And if it is endangered, what are we doing catching them in the first place! I think salmon is the only endangered species listed that you can routinly catch and EAT . . . how endangered is that.
Probably about as "endangered" as common sense when it comes to Condit Dam.