Spent the week end with this guy, very enlightening
Apples and oranges, these are federal dams, their primary purpose is transportation, not flood control or hydro and they could be removed without congressional approval.I work with two of the OG leaders of the Elwha Dam removal effort. It took them 30 years... and it worked.
According to his figures, the public is getting 15 cents on the dollar (losing 85 cents on every $), who is benefiting economically? Don't need it for irrigation and what ever is shipped by barge can be shipped by existing rail lines.The challenge with this idea is that while it makes sense overall, the economic interests that benefit from these dams will fight ferociously to defend them. Their economic benefit is clear and substantial. The general public which is being harmed by these dams has far less to gain and will be more apathetic and less motivated. I predict no change (but my predictions have sucked in the last week or so......).
Could be, not will be. And as you may recall, the process that was in the end successful at removing the Elwha Dams hinged upon building support, or at least neutralizing opposition power, across all stakeholder levels. From local leaders to tribes to congress and the President's Department of Interior. Same applies to the lower Snake Dams.Apples and oranges, these are federal dams, their primary purpose is transportation, not flood control or hydro and they could be removed without congressional approval.