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Old 04-10-2008   #1
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Do all Dams suck?

Do all dams suck?

Before you blast me for asking a silly question, consider it.

I was having a friendly discussion with a fine gentlemen on this forum and the topic arose.

I like that dams are used for renewable energy. I like that some dams release water in such a manner that I can schedule kayaking.

I don't like that dams block the natural flow of rivers, or the migration of fish. I don't like Dams that are set in sandstone in the desert. I don't like that Dams flood wildlife habitat.

I can come up with more reasons to dislike Dams.

What good are they?

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Without them................the world would be a different place to live in.
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both good and bad. they help mantian a constant flow so water is around year round compare to a river raising everyspring up to un heard of hieghts and than dryer than a bone in the fall.

dams are bad though in some cases because they allow people to build where life wouldn't be supported without them and 2 because it flat out can ruin a run for good and the water could be diverted miles down river underground for power(which is very nessesary to use this computer).

they are both right and wrong depending on its own application. the Poudre is a smaller river compared to some of them and a reservoir in that location would be a really stupid idea.
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Unfortunately, all dams and diversion projects have direct ecological impacts, and I find that very objectable. In the act of storing floodwater for agriculture, a direct ecological impact is the stated intention of the project. I have a hard time reconciling my shared need for water and storage projects with my personal imperative to see all rivers run wild and free. Projects that provide me with offseason boating are somehow much less objectable than wasteful projects that serve to only evaporate the boating opportunities.

I offer we build no more in channel storage or direct diversions, rip down the wasteful ones and re-engineer our water storage systems to stand out of channel and store only a percentage of storage flow to preserve proper ecological proportion at the rivers various stages. Hydropower projects should be pumped back only up short sections of front range roadside mank, all winter long too, and heated.
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I don't think you really understood me, I am trying to suggest improvements to current storage not the removal of any except as I specified, the "wasteful," 60% evaporation loss kind of ones.
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All ecological, sociologic and economic impacts aside, without dams, the Colorado boating season would be a lot shorter.
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This one doesn't suck either (when there's enough flow to crest it at least)

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