Originally created 07/12/97

Praises editorial on `Corps fish story'

Thank you for your excellent July 9 editorial "Corps' new fish story."

The Army Corps of Engineers admits it will kill at least 8 million fish every year they operate the pump-back turbines at Russell Dam. It could be 8 million or 80 million but the Corps says it won't produce "irreparable impacts to the ecosystems at Russell or Thurmond lakes."

In another story published recently the Corps stated that a recent six-month turbine test increased Lake Thurmond's temperature by seven degrees.

It seems the Corps is saying there is good news and bad news. The good news is we will only kill 8 million fish a year. The bad news is we will probably mess up the ecosystem with extreme temperature fluctuations.

I don't want to see 8 million dead fish or lukewarm lake water....

Tom Reed, McCormick


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