$1.4-billion project - dismantling four hydroelectric dams to restore Chinook salmon runs in the upper Klamath River - amounts to an experiment with noMessage 1 of 1 , Jul 1, 2011View Source$1.4-billion project - dismantling four hydroelectric dams to restore Chinook salmon runs in the upper Klamath River - amounts to an
experiment with no guarantee of success, independent report says.
A $1.4-billion project to remove four hydroelectric dams and restore
habitat to return Chinook salmon to the upper reaches of the Klamath
River amounts to an experiment with no guarantee of success, an
independent science review has concluded.
A panel of experts evaluating the proposal expressed "strong reservations" that the effort could overcome the many environmental pressures that have driven the dramatic decline of what was one of the richest salmon rivers in the nation.
Even after the decommission of dams that have for decades blocked migrating salmon, the panel said, biologists would probably have to truck the fish around a stretch of the river plagued by low oxygen levels.
"I think there's no way in hell they're going to solve" the basin's water-quality problems, said Wim Kimmerer, an environmental research professor at San Francisco State, one of six experts who reviewed the plan. "It doesn't seem to me like they've thought about the big picture very much."
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