I woke up and read the news while laying in bed. Sunday mornings are perfect for this; it is a practice my wife and I thoroughly enjoy. We alternate on who gets up to fetch the paper and make the coffee. She might claim "alternate" is not quite correct, but regardless, it is all voluntary and subject to review and amendment at any time. I think the current arrangement works well. Besides, it will change as fall and winter move onto center stage.
Lots of stuff in the news, of course. I found an article in the New York Times by Matthew Preusch to be very interesting. Many dams that had been built on various rivers and waterways throughout the US in the 1950s and '60s are now being "dismantled" and removed. Seems they have become obsolete and no longer serve the purpose they were built for, which was to produce hydroelectric power.
The article was largely from the perspective of kayakers and others like fisherpersons, who are in direct contact with the waterways. They are thrilled. Blowing up old dams essentially allows natural waterways to find and return to their natural course. Turns out the natural course is much preferred by kayakers because it often includes rapids and such which are exactly what a kayaker wants.
But it gets better — seems fish like it, too. Salmon have been seen returning to these freed rivers and resuming their instinctive upriver swims to spawn a new generation. It surely gives rise to hopes that fisheries will once again grow and even reclaim their former numbers. Natural vegetation has also returned with seedlings and saplings sprouting up along newly revived waterways. These in turn provide shade for the fish, keeping the waters cool enough for them to continue, and also provide a habitat for the bugs and flies and stuff that fish eat.
And yes, the kayakers are happy, too.
To me the depth of the story goes beyond just fish and kayakers and trees and even bugs and flies. After all, I think only fish truly appreciate flies.
This is a huge step in what I feel is the right direction. Power companies are relinquishing the dams; they are not economically feasible to maintain and other energy sources are more viable, such as solar, wind, and wave power perhaps. So the waterways return to a more natural state, wildlife returns, and global warming is negated to some degree. However minute each such changes might be, it is a contribution. Apparently the power companies are open to change, and in fact are causing change by continually looking for the most economical energy sources. I can't blame them for that. In this happy situation I think it is showing to be beneficial for everyone and everything concerned.
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