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Our Governor at work

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"Secretary Salazar, Governors Kulongoski and Schwarzenegger announce agreement on Klamath River Basin Restoration" (Department of the Interior news release, 2/18/10)
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar joined Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, PacificCorp Chief Executive Officer Greg Abel and the chairmen of the Klamath, Yurok and Karuk Tribes in announcing final agreements that could potentially lead to removal of four dams on the Klamath River and the largest river restoration project in our nation’s history.

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Can anyone say ludicrous? With the loss of electrical capasity,the decades it will take to restore the land, the cost in tax dollars and the impact on the economy I just can't see them doing this.

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With today's technology, there are clear alternatives to hydroelectric power generation. The restoration of historic wild salmon runs are well worth the price. I read somewhere that the Obama administration is open to new nuclear power generation plants being constructed. With improved technology, the generation capabilities are vastly improved as well as the safety. By products can be recycled. Nuclear waste storage still remains a challenge but the obstacles are not insurmountable.

The Klamath river drainage was once home to a very large run of Salmon. The economic value to north coast communities would actually provide many more jobs that out weigh the benefits of the power generation provided by these dams. The commercial Salmon fishermen have been tied up at the docks for a couple of years now. There is also the recreational benefit of fishermen who provide a much needed economic boost to rural communities in the area. By closely managing the fishery and encouraging catch and release, the spawning runs will increase allowing the fish populations to rebound.

I have a couple of friends who are fishing guides. They practice CPR with their customers. Catch, Photograph and Release. Fishermen come from all over to fish the undammed rivers like the Smith, Chetco and Rouge for salmon and steelhead. These folks stay in the motels, eat in the restaraunts and shop in the local stores in towns like Cresent City, Gold Beach and Brookings.

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