By John Roberts
Many years ago, 400 miles of the Klamath river ran red with salmon. For the first time in many years these salmon may be able to return to spawning grounds previously inaccessible. There are four dams that would be going down to clear the path. They are are the J.C. Boyle dam, Copco 1 and 2 dams, and the Iron Gate dam.
It is speculated that much of the California farmland would be flooded by the collapse of the dams, and many of the crops would be submerged. On the other side of that argument, the Salmon would be allowed to return to spawning grounds that they’ve not been to for hundreds of years.
The tearing down of the aforementioned dams would be complete by 2020. Effectively clearing the way for the salmon. The bringing down of the dams could have a few consequences, flooding could spread across many farm lands effectively destroying a large amount of food for several counties across Oregon and California.
Many speculate it could be a significant food shortage to the Northern Californian region and far Southern Oregon regions. This is a rally used behind those opposed to the dam removal. Others argue that the salmon possibly face extinction in the west without being able to return to their ancestral spawning grounds.