Expensive Fish

Don - October 9, 2004

Here’s part of an article I just ran across.

“While we all want to save endangered fish, there is a lot of waste in the fish program. A good example: In August, Bonneville Power Administration was forced to spill water at the upper Columbia River dams for fish. Since this water was spilled it could not be used for power generation. The approximate cost of this spill was $38,000,000 to Northwest ratepayers. It resulted in an extimated 5 endangered Snake River Chinook being saved (costing $3,500,000 per fish), and 2,400 non-listed upper Columbia fall Chinook, a stock that will be harvested at a 50% rate when returning (at $15,000 per fish).”

Living in the NW this effects me directly, for the rest of you it may not effect you at all.

I wonder sometimes if our costly “save the whatever” is worth it. Species have come and gone over the ages. Some of these have been caused by man, but so what, are we really so much worse off because we don’t have the doodoo bird or the passinger pigeon? Where is the balance between good use of “our” money and saving a spotted owl?

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  1. What does this have to do with Mormon Doctrine or culture?(j/k)
    It’s a question of morals, to a degree, right? God gave man dominion over the earth but expected us to be good caretakers of it. Obviously the best way would be to find some happy medium somehow.
    This reminds me of the problem of field burning every September and the spud harvest going on right now. Burning fertilizes the ground and prepares the soil for the next year (plus gets rid of the chaff) but it also causes a whole bunch of air pollution. As an asthmatic, I sure don’t like September, but I understand why it needs to be done. So, until they can find a better way of doing things, I don’t mind (too much, as long as they ARE looking for better ways to help both parties)staying indoors more often during this time.
    How they can do this with fish, I don’t know. I definitly think we cannot be light about our environment, though. Every species lost is a tragedy but sometimes sacrifices may have to be made.
    Bret | Email | Homepage | 10.09.04 – 9:20 pm | #

    hm…remind me not to eat fish in Washington. I could go to jail or pay a fortune. wow…
    lyle | Email | Homepage | 10.11.04 – 2:27 pm | #

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