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Thursday, March 22, 2018

 

Happy Birthday: Grand Coulee Dam: March 22, 1941


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Today In History, March 22: Grand Coulee Dam
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History and purpose
 “Grand Coulee (map) is the largest dam in the Columbia River Basin and one of the largest in the world.”
“The total generating capacity is 6,809 megawatts and its average annual energy output is about 2,300 megawatts, or enough power to continuously supply the needs of two cities the size of Seattle.”
“Hydropower accounts for 79.7 percent of Grand Coulee’s authorized purposes, the others being irrigation and flood control. While hydropower is the primary purpose of the dam today, the public desire for irrigation was the driving force behind its construction.”
“The federal project not only conformed with New Deal principles, it also conformed with Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes’s intentions that public relief projects should help the national recovery and create a valuable product able to pay for itself. Grand Coulee met all of the tests.”
“In 1948, for example, Vice Presidential candidate Earl Warren remarked: “Probably Hitler would have beaten us in atom bomb development if it had not been for the hydroelectric development of the Columbia, making possible the big Hanford project which brought forth the bomb.” Pitzer comments in his book, Grand Coulee: Harnessing a Dream:”
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Not everyone is celebrating The Grand Coulee’s birthday.
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In today’s negative environment the focus is to disparage the dam and its positive effects of renewable power, irrigation, flood control, recreation and jobs.
Let’s focus on the negative least anyone even think about building another renewable and sustainable power dam in the US:
The dam flooded major Native American lands
The dam inhibits the upstream migration of fish and ells
The lack of down-stream flooding is not natural
The irrigation of the ‘Cascade desert’ has modified its natural state
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One of the last significant US dams to be built was almost abandoned based on the home of the Snail Darter fish in Little Tennessee River.
Environmentalists Warn Carter Of Backlash Over Tellico Dam in Tennessee
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This is the same Snail Darter and its cousin the Log Perch that were used as the excuse to use $65-Million intended for the Roanoke River flood control to be used instead for River Bank Beautification.
Roanoke Flooded By 3-Inches Of Rain Yet Again
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Endangered Species Acts: The Personification Of Obstructionism
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