The Kinni is not contaminated at present, so the risk of recontamination is quite limited. However, any significant public works project such as dam removal or stream restoration includes ongoing maintenance ensure the long-term performance of the improvements. If, for example, the reservoirs were dredged and all the sediment was removed, the removal effort would need to be repeated periodically to maintain the deepened reservoir condition. Without maintenance, and upstream runoff controls, the dredging project would need to be repeated.
Should we spend millions to clean up the Kinni only to see it later re-contaminated in 20-30 years?
River Ecology - learn more
- How do the dams impact the ecology of the river?
- How common are cold water streams are in this region?
- How does the uniqueness of the Kinni affect the value of restoring the river ecosystem?
- Don’t the dams now, and restored waterfalls with dams removed, prevent upstream fish passage?
- Is upstream movement of invasive species really an issue with dam removal?
- What are the negative impacts of our dams on the ecology of the river including fish, fowl, and other river/lake wildlife?
- Are there any positive impacts of our dams on river ecology?
- If you were to decide whether or not to remove the dams solely on environment impact, would you keep or remove OUR dams?
- Should we spend millions to clean up the Kinni only to see it later re-contaminated in 20-30 years?