Friday, July 19, 2013
Bob Werner Can't Get a Dam Break
It is, quite literally, a dam resolution.
Werner, who represents the Easton area, opposes a Wildlands Conservancy proposal to remove two dams on the Lehigh River, one at the Forks of the Delaware and the Chain Dam upstream. According to the Wildlands, the removal of these dams would encourage shad to make their way up the Lehigh River, transforming Easton into the Shad Capital of the World.
In 1994, fish ladders were installed, but the shad won't go up them. They won't go up elevators at other locations, according to Werner.
So Wildlands wants to rip out the dams ($11 million) and construct a pumping station ($6 million) to keep the canal full of water after their own efforts have drained it.
"Government at its finest," wisecracked Council member Ken Kraft.
But Council tabled the resolution, 7-1, because Lamont McClure wants to hear from sportsmen and Tom Dietrich believes removal might alleviate flooding.
Bruce Gilbert was absent.