RiverAction: Meeting on Gold Ray Dam Removal 11/10/09

RiverAction: Meeting on Gold Ray Dam Removal 11/10/09

Water Watch Action Alert – Take Action to Support Removal of Gold Ray Dam, Attend a Public Meeting on November 12th

Jackson County is hosting a Public Meeting on the proposed Gold Ray Dam Removal project at

5:30-7:30pm, Thursday, Nov. 12th, 2009 at
Jackson County Roads and Parks Public Works Auditorium
7520 Table Rock Road
White City, OR

Please attend and let the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Jackson County and RVCOG know of your support for removing the dam. The meeting will also be an opportunity to learn about the current status of the project.

Points to make:

  • You support removal of Gold Ray Dam.
  • The dam is a non-operating facility that provides no hydropower, no water storage and no flood control purpose.
  • The dam serves no function for Jackson County, and is a liability and public safety concern for the County.
  • Gold Ray Dam has been identified by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as fifth in priority for removal and/or fish passage improvement on Oregon’s Statewide Fish Passage Priority List.
  • The dam is harmful to Rogue River salmon and steelhead, including ESA listed coho salmon, and impedes fish passage.
  • The ecological benefits of dam removal far outweigh the benefits of maintaining the artificial wetlands behind the dam.
  • The dam blocks boat passage and limits public access to 500 acres of public land.
  • The County should make sure it doesn’t lose the current stimulus funding, and end up sticking the county taxpayers with the costs of removal or the even greater costs of trying to upgrade the dam and ladders.

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