The Lower Kinni is currently a Class I trout stream. However, there are several factors that threaten the long-term health of the ecosystem, including the dams. Removal of the dams will change the lower Kinni – for example – by reducing the temperatures in the lower reaches of the river and contributing to the long-term viability of the resource. Assuming that the only issue under consideration is the long-term health of the river, then dam removal would make sense. That said, other threats including climate change, agricultural runoff, loss of ground water influences above I-94, and urban stormwater are also significant factors to be considered.
If you were to decide whether or not to remove the dams solely on environment impact, would you keep or remove OUR dams?
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- 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?