I often joked that a stick of dynamite is a powerful rivers restoration tool that is under utilized. Science backs me me up.
Actually, dynamite would be irresponsible in and of itself, but you get the idea. There are alternatives to dams for hydroelectric, flood control and irrigation. As a nation, we don’t have the same courage to fund their replacements that we had when we built many of them in depths of the Great Depression, when we REALLY had no money as a nation. Removing dams would be the number one improvement in rivers to get our salmon and steelhead runs back on the recovery track.
Open thread, discuss.