CANADA: 'Hydro Power is breaking our hearts'
dennis702717 at yahoo.com
Thu Jul 22 01:27:11 EST 2004
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bw at barrk.net (BlackWater) wrote in message news:<40fe7c45.13247448 at news.east.earthlink.net>...
> On Tue, 20 Jul 2004 15:11:50 -0700, "Jeff Strickland"
> <beerman at yahoo.com> wrote:
> >"Fresno Farms" <brutus at u.com> wrote in message
> >news:10fomt1ha98ufe1 at corp.supernews.com...
> >> People see "pretty" mountain reservoirs and don't think
> >> much about it. But building a reservoir results
> >> in 100% habitat destruction. Typically, reservoirs
> >> (to maximize water volume) are built on rare "flats" and
> >> meadow areas, which are extremely important biodiversity areas.
> >> Thus due to the rare topography, reservoirs are often
> >> located on critical migration routs (deer and such) and
> >> (say,) fawning areas. Deer drowning mortality rates alone
> >> can be high enough to wipe out a deer population within
> >> a few years. And of course, no more timber, into the
> >> foreseeable foture.
> >Deer drowning!? We have a new reservior in our area, it was built similiarly
> >to the scenario you suggested, flat land surrounded by hills. I have to take
> >exception to your assertion that deer drown as a result. We haven't got deer
> >around here, but it took YEARS to fill the reservior, certainly the deer
> >would have migrated away long before they were required to learn to swim.
> >Not only did it take years to fill, it took a decade to build. Surely the
> >deer (if there were any) would have moved on long before they drown.
> Really. Every deer I've ever seen is equipped with LEGS,
> devices which greatly facilitate migration away from
> rising water. Apparenly, we're supposed to believe that
> Canadian deer are SO stupid and unadaptive that they
> will mindlessly follow an old migration route even IF it
> leads through the middle of a lake. Maybe if you get
> 'em to chug a lot of Molsons first ...
> These are the same kind of folks who were convinced that
> the trans-Alaska pipeline would cause herds of caribou
> to stop dead in confusion. Instead, the animals couldn't
> tell a pipeline from a really tall felled tree and simply
> walked under it.
> His complaints about 'habitat destruction' are also a bit
> hollow. Yep, it destroys some LAND habitat - but creates
> a water and wetlands habitat in its place. If they don't
> take it to excess, I'd call that an even trade.
> Oh well, I guess Canadians will have to skip on hydro
> power - and instead burn gigaton quantities of COAL
> instead. Now THAT ought to be good for the wildlife.
> Or, maybe, all Canadians should just evacuate the
> area completely - turn it into a gigantic wildlife
> refuge ? Let 'em move to the Mexican desert. Well,
> they might tread on some endangered gila monster or
> something ... so I guess suicide is the only answer.
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