Anyway, in the spirit of Einstein, the lower Snake River dams kill salmon and cause the river system to be unable to adequately deal with its sediment load, which means the lower Snake River dams also threaten the city of Lewiston, Idaho and to some extent parts of Clarkston, Washington. Rather than end the threat to wild salmon and flooding of two fairly decent sized towns, the Corps wants to move sediment around for a very long time at a high cost to taxpayers at a time when barging is nearing collapse on the lower Snake River due to factors far beyond sediment loads making parts of the channel nine feet rather than 14. Not to mention this plan is made to comply with the federal Biop, which was declared illegal. I think that covers it.
Anyway, I'm not in the mood to rip 1,500 pages apart and besides I thought you ought to read the documents on your own and maybe make your way to Lewiston next week. Below I have attached all the documents that you can also get to by clicking the link in the IRU message below.
Here's a note from Idaho Rivers United that I received, which will give you the meeting times that you may want to attend.
"The Army Corps of Engineers in December released a 1,500-page environmental study detailing measures it plans to implement to remove sediment from the lower Snake River corridor and, in particular, from the reservoir behind Lower Granite Dam. At a cost of $3.2 million per year and almost $20,000 per barge navigating the lower Snake River, it's an extremely expensive proposition and bad news for our salmon and steelhead.
On Thursday, Jan. 24, the Corps will host an open house in Lewiston to answer questions about the plan, but we're writing you today to invite you to also join IRU and other conservation interests at a short meeting before the Corps' open house. We'll get into some of the details about why we're concerned.
What: Open house on Army Corps' Programmatic Sediment Management Plan.
Where: The Cafe Sage, 1303 Main St., Lewiston
When: Thursday, Jan. 24, from 4-5 p.m.
The Corps meeting will follow and will be held in the Williams Conference Center at Lewis and Clark State College. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. A comment period on the Corps' study is scheduled to close Feb. 8."