National Geographic : 2001 Aug
Forum ANATINA April 2001 Letters on the ColumbiaRiver dams, debating thefuture of salmon and thefortunes of the PacificNorthwest, flooded our offices. Grateful that we had examined this complex and importantissue, one readerpraised the articleas a "grandexample of unbiased reporting."Anotherfirmly stated, "The livelihood of millions of people versus a fish. You gotta be kidding me!" A River Dammed Fen Montaigne's story on the Columbia River was fair and thought provoking. Getting a feel for the scale of the Columbia and its salmon challenge was absorbing reading. Definitely one of the better mainstream envi ronmental articles I have read. SHAUN MURPHY Sydney, Australia I am incensed by the one-sided environmentalist views presented in "A River Dammed." The econ omy of this region is suffering not only from a reduction of commercial fishing and canner ies but also because of many environmental concerns, real or imagined! Millions of dollars have been shifted from economic development to environmental management. Now further eco nomic growth is threatened by proposals to eliminate the dams. Aside from irrigation, the dams produce a significant amount of nonpolluting electrical power. We are in the midst of an energy crisis in California, and Wash ington State is being threatened with blackouts too. What will happen if the dams are breached and their generating capability is destroyed? ARTHUR W. CLARKSON, JR. Richland, Washington Bill Watson, a farmer who raises apples and potatoes, thinks damming the Columbia River strengthens America (page 19). Here in Maine we also try to grow apples and potatoes. Our efforts have been in decline since about the time the Columbia was dammed and the water was made available to farmers. Coin cidence? The government sub sidies mean tax dollars in Maine are being used to our own detri ment in supporting Columbia River projects. Strengthening America? Maybe your part of it. DANIEL CHASE Cape Elizabeth, Maine Thank you for a wonderful and balanced article on dams and salmon. I'm a native of Oregon, and since I've been away from the Northwest, I've found that many Americans, especially in the East, have a distorted view of the Northwest. Yes, it's a beauti ful place to live, and we should preserve it. However, we should be mindful that many call the Northwest home, and they hold a stake in how their resources are managed. Ultimately, deci sions like whether to breach a dam or harvest a forest should be left up to them. TROY D. CHRISTENSEN Cincinnati,Ohio NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * AUGUST 2001 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY "For the increaseand diffusion of geographicknowledge." The National Geographic Society is chartered in Washington, D.C ., as a nonprofit scientific and educational organization. Since 1888 the Society has supported more than 7,000 explorations and research projects, adding to knowledge of earth, sea, and sky. JOHN M. 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