2015-12-04 / Letters

Fish ladders have been used since Colonial days

To the editor:

Being friendly to the environment sometimes presents us with unpleasant conflicts. While it may be ecologically responsible to remove the Mousam dams so that the river can go back to its close to original state it may not be responsible in terms of the power lost.

This is hydropower, and if it is taken away, then a coal burning plant will have to supplant the power lost by the dams, thus emitting more pollution into the atmosphere. Since we all enjoy electrical convenience in our daily lives, compromises have to be made to balance our needs with our wants. Fish ladders have been used since Colonial days (Damariscotta’s fishway circa 1820) and seem to accommodate man’s need for power with his desire to keep fish in the rivers.

Jake Hawkins

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