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Destructive Restoration – Part 1, The Klamath

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Microgrid Labs, Inc. Advisor: 2014 to Present Developed product plans, conceptual and preliminary designs for projects, performed industry surveys and developed...

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Every machine made by humans reaches the end of its useful life. This will be the first post in a short series on what should happen to electric generation projects when it is no longer economical to restore, repurpose, nor continue to use them for their intended purpose.

However this first post is special. It is partially drawn from my deep past and partially an agreement to restore a natural resource and everything around it through the creative destruction of a series of old projects near the California-Oregon Border.

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Matt Chester on Dec 1, 2020

Such an important topic that too often gets brushed over-- thanks for shining a light onto it, John!

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John Benson on Dec 1, 2020

Thanks for the good words, Matt.

A tidbit: In the above picture, the circular lake directly above Upper Klamouth Lake is Crater Lake (go through the National Park Service link below and scroll down for a short story about it).

I-5 goes through Yreka, and due north is Ashland and Medford with many antique stores. Nancy used to be an antique dealer. We would go picking there, and ocassionally visit Crater Lake.


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John Benson on Dec 3, 2022

My weekly Science Magazine is one of my main sources. Near the beginning of each issue is "News at a Glance," a page of roughly six or seven brief reports. In my most recent issue was the following additional information on this post:

Dam removal to boost salmon OK’d
CONSERVATION | The world’s largest dam removal project will begin as soon as 2023, after U.S. regulators last month approved tearing down four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River in Northern California and Oregon. The 17 November unanimous vote by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was the last regulatory hurdle. Native American tribes and environmentalists have for years sought removal of the dams, which were built in the early 20th century and block migrating salmon from reaching some 600 kilometers of habitat. Salmon runs on the river have dwindled to less than 5% of historic levels.


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