The Salmon Blog has one question, is anyone surprised? This is the modus operandi of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Tell the people one number, a conservative number to sell a project and never make good on its promise.
The good news is they want to dredge on the lower Snake through 2074. The bill to the American taxpayer should be astronomical by then.
Ratepayers spend nearly $900 million annually now on fish mitigation. A great deal of that (if it is being spent where it is needed) would be spent on attempting to help the fish in the Snake River Basin. Lt. Col. Vail in Walla Walla doesn't mention this as a cost to operating those dams. It is though, it is the biggest cost to operating those four lower Snake River dams.
He also doesn't mention to costs of his dams' necessary upgrades that you can bet the farm will cost far more than the Corps says they will.
I guess, I wasn't being honest when I said the Salmon Blog only has one question, I have a second question. How long are you the American taxpayer and ratepayer going to put up with this while you simultaneously allow all the wild salmonids of the Snake River Basin to go extinct? Nothing the so-called action agencies (Corps, BPA and BOR) are doing is mattering at all to the only fish that matter in this tragic episode in North American natural history.
These inaction agencies are more than happy to use the plight of the wild salmonids, of which they know full well they are not helping, to obtain funding for all manner of bureaucracy building that has absolutely nothing to do with wild salmonid survival. In other words, they love to say we need money to help these wild fish and then they turn around and build a hatchery with the funds, which adds yet another scientifically proven (over and over again) threat to wild salmonid survival in the devastatingly altered riverine environment that is killing fish by the tens of millions each year.
Are you surprised they broke the bank removing sand? I'm not, I knew they would spend far more than what they said. How long are you going to allow these agencies that work for you (that's how it is supposed to work in our Constitutional Republic) to spend more money than you or your representatives have authorized? Final question, are you really just going to sit there and watch as the greatest runs of salmon and steelhead on the planet are systematically erased from history when all we had to do was remove four dams that don't even pay their own way and don't even provide as much power as our windmills do?