Re: NANFA-- River Use Issues in GA/AL/FL

Bruce Stallsmith (
Mon, 18 Dec 2000 10:58:15 -0500

With all of our talk of dams, a global commission just released a major
study saying that, for the most part, the costs of dams outweigh their
benefits. This commission was sponsored by the World Bank and the World
Conservation Union and their report is available at The conclusions: Dams have degraded and
fragmented 60% of the world's waterways, displaced 40 to 80 million people,
and lead to the irreversible loss of species, populations and ecosystems.
Hydroelectric power generated is not necessarily cleaner than fossil fuel
power: when reservoirs are created, the trees and other plants innundated
rot and release huge amounts of carbon (greenhouse) gases into the

The World Bank has historically bankrolled many of these dams as
"development projects" in poorer countries, and has since backed off as the
side-effects of dams have become apparent. Jay's remarks that people in the
Snake River valley would oppose decommissioning any Snake River dams are of
course true. That area would be almost totally unfit for large scale
agriculture without massive water manipulations, and any kind of local
industry needs the "cheap" electricity generated by such damn projects.
Equivalent large-scale projects are now underway in India on the Namarda
River and in China on the Yangtze. We can assume that concerns for
biodiversity are low for project managers and boosters. Hey Bruce Scott,
you're right! too many people!

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL

>The last estimates that I heard of on removing the
>larger dams is in the billions.

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