Letters to the Editor

Letter: River temperatures

In an Aug. 14 Guest Opinion published in the Idaho Statesman, Port of Lewiston Manager David Doeringsfeld informed Idahoans that “removing the Snake River dams will do nothing to lower water temperatures during future heat spells.” I presume he was speaking of the four lower Snake dams.

Thank you to Mr. Doeringsfeld for his biological expertise. I had previously reached the opposite conclusion based on information from the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and my own review of lower Snake River water temperatures at each of the four dams provided daily by the Fish Passage Center. He apparently knows that all the fish biologists and other scientists who have worked for years trying, as yet unsuccessfully, to recover threatened and endangered Snake River salmon and steelhead are mistaken.

I do recall, however, that the Port of Lewiston recently spent 2.8 million taxpayer dollars extending the port’s container dock despite the fact that, prior to the extension, the existing dock was operating at just 29 percent capacity — and today, the extended dock exports and imports zero freight. Perhaps Doeringsfeld knows more about fish biology than port management, but then again, maybe not.

Alan Schonefeld, Kooskia

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