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Thursday, August 10, 2017

 

Dam Removal, There’s Unintended Adverse Consequences, Really?

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Leesville Lake sees debris accumulating.  Officials say much of the residue is attributable to the removal of the dam on the Pigg River.
Roanoke Times, 8-10-2017, Pg Va2, Pg 1, 2
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The Obama Team was on an 8-year vendetta to remove as many dams from US rivers and streams as possible.  He sent his minions out to hundreds of communities to coerce them into removing dams in their areas.
Many of these dams are over 100-years old and are integral to the stream ecosystem and surrounding areas.
The “real” reasons for this policy remain a puzzle.
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Stream flow and its impact on the stream-environment is very complex, too complex to predict or model.
Instead, let’s use simplistic explanations like:
Reducing hazards to folks who canoe over dams (just stop doing that!).
Improving fish habitat – aren’t pools and ponds within a streams-run good for fish and wildlife?
Dams reduce downstream flooding and associated issues.
Dams reduce the stream velocity and therefore erosion.
Having pools-lakes behind dams provide irrigation and recreation to local residents.
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Who is responsible for the adverse consequences when a dam is removed?  Who indeed?
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Pigg River dam removal leads to increased debris in Leesville Lake
Leesville Lake, surpassing last year’s collection of 528-tons
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From This
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To This
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Who is compensating the people of Leesville Lake for the adverse impacts to their property and loss of use of their lake?
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Who is compensating the farmers along the Pigg River who will have major additional erosion due to increased stream velocity?
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At the bargain cost of $200 per ton to remove 528-tons debris from the water and dispose of it, to whom should AEP send the bill for $105,600 for this year and then for the following years?
Oh, not to worry, we’ll just have AEP add it to our electric bills!
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In-addition-to the massive debris washing down the Pigg into Leesville Lake, there is and will continue to be major increases in silting into the lake caused by the significantly increased velocity of the Pigg River currents cutting through the clay based soil of Franklin and Pittsylvania Counties.
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What a joy to all from this dam removal.
Where are the wizards now who demanded this be done?
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A similar dam activity is underway in Charlottesville:
McAuliffe’s DGIF Dam Money
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All this reminiscent of the Roanoke River so-called Flood Control that isn’t! 
Yet another government water-way joy!
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"A sample" of the many articles about this dam project was published in the FranklinNewsPost, Rocky Mt. Va
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Council told dam should be removed
It is the only way to eliminate safety hazard and improve habitat for endangered fish
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Pig River Dam Removal at Rocky Mount, Va
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Pigg River Dam removal nearly complete
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