Friday, September 15, 2006
A mighty wild salmon swimming upstream, trying to make it past the dams along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Trying to avoid the seal hiding in wait by the fish ladder, and the talons of the peregrine circling above. Note the juxtaposition of the red and green; fire and earth. A ruby salmon, an emerald salmon. Priceless jewels.
The dwindling numbers of wild salmon making it back inland each year continue to provoke heated debates in the Pacific Northwest. Do we take out dams to make a less obstructed passage for the fish?
If we take out dams, how would that affect those dependent upon the economy created by having the dam in place? How would the removal of dams affect the overall cost of electricity?
Do we develop more alternate methods to get the fish past the dams? Restrict salmon fishing? Build more "salmon farms"?
There are many experts who have done many studies who have stated their solutions for this problem. Unfortunately, there seems to be little common ground.
I am not an expert, so will not join the fray. I have "other fish to fry..."
[Photo was taken at the M-K Nature Center. We rounded a curve on the path, and found wonderful paintings of fish hanging from a wire fence, fluttering in the breeze like paper lanterns.]