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um something tells me the easiest solution to this is removing the dam all together, unless it has a serious necessity, which i don't know, but doubt it does

Well, it is a hydroelectric dam, so removing it would reduce the amount of emissions-free electricity generated in the region.

Also, removing it would allow the tons of sediment stored up behind the dam to flow freely down into the Bay. That would mean a lot more pollution, all of a sudden.

Now, in theory, workers could dredge the silt out first, truck it to a landfill or use it as fill in construction projects, and then remove the dam.

Why is it the Federal or State Tax Payers problem and not the electric company's problem?

I don't remember getting a check as a share of the electric company's profits over all these years, so why should I assume their liabilities?

An excellent point, Paul, and I agree with you completely. The power company that owns the dam should have to pick up much of the cost of dealing with the sediment problem, in my personal opinion. It's a matter of maintaining their own generation facility. Now, the power company could argue that they aren't responsible for all the silt flowing down the river -- which is true. But they are responsible for maintaining their dam in a way that does not cause excessive damage to the river.

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