Funniest thing EVER in Yadkin controversy

“Large amounts of dissolved oxygen emitted from Alcoa’s dams have been detected in the Yadkin. Dissolved oxygen is detrimental to the survival of fish.”
                                                     -- Will Scott, the new Yadkin Riverkeeper

From an article "Divided by a River: Yadkin Ownership hangs in the balance" in the Stanly News and Press.

You can't make these things up!

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Tags: Alcoa, Dissolved Oxygen, Yadkin RIverkeeper, water quality

Comment by Stop Global Whining on January 18, 2015 at 11:27am

OMG.  Just when it appeared the new riverkeeper was going to take on real water quality issues, like coal ash ponds, now this!  

I suppose he's parroting the party line of the contributors to the YRK, "ALCOA is Evil!" 

"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose."

Comment by Whigkid on January 18, 2015 at 3:22pm

FISH NEED DISSOLVED OXYGEN TO BREATHE!

I've never seen anything so misguided!

Comment by Don K. Hauté on January 18, 2015 at 3:47pm

UNBELIEVABLE!

Comment by Ann on January 18, 2015 at 4:49pm

If I can stop laughing long enough, let me explain the Yadkin River - dissolved oxygen - Alcoa situation to our new riverkeeper.

Dissolved oxygen levels in the Yadkin River, as naturally occurring, are low.  This is bad for fish.  They have a hard time breathing.  In some instances they die.

If there were no dams on the Yadkin River, the water would continue to flow on down with low levels of dissolved oxygen.  That would be bad.

But, technology now exists which can be used in turbines to increase the level of dissolved oxygen as the river's water passes through the dams.  There are provisions in the Relicensing Settlement Agreement for Alcoa's new license to upgrade the turbines so that a certain increase in dissolved oxygen is achieved.  The same provisions have been included in every 401 Water Quality Certificate.  Increasing the level of dissolved oxygen is good.

Alcoa has installed the new technology in 3 of the 4 turbines at the Narrows Dam, and the new standards (which will go into effect after the license is issued) have been met 100% of the time since 2011.  This is good.  The report for 2013 is online http://www.alcoa.com/yadkin/en/news/releases/201404_waterquality.asp , and I can email the 2011 and 2012 reports to anyone who'd like them.

The old riverkeeper was criticizing Alcoa for not meeting the new standards at all the dams, but, as I understand it, FERC will not allow those upgrades to be installed under the terms of the old license, under which Alcoa continues to operate.

So, what is keeping these improvements from being made (along with the delivery of many other benefits to this region covered by the new license) is the Yadkin Riverkeeper and his buddy Roger Dick, who have been standing in the way of the new license for quite a few years now.  Alcoa has done all it can.

If Will Scott, once he figures out what he's talking about, wants to criticize someone for the fact that dissolved oxygen improvements (which would be good for fish) have not yet been made, he has only to look in the mirror.  FERC, Alcoa, the environmental agencies, the other stakeholders, all want to make these improvements under the new license.  Get out of the way!

Comment by CRY ME A RIVER OF OPPORTUNITIE$ on January 18, 2015 at 9:57pm

First, the Yakkin' Riverkreeper screams bloody murder about dissolved oxygen levels being too low.  Along comes the new guy, and screams bloody murder about dissolved oxygen levels being too high.  

I suppose that we're looking for the "Goldilocks" level of dissolved oxygen.  You know, the levels at which the Riverkreeper looks the other way, because Alcoa is no longer operating the hydro dams.  You really can't make this stuff up.  Agenda-driven environmental assessments.

Comment by another David on January 18, 2015 at 10:56pm

I was just thinkin' about the Yakkin Riverkreeper the other day.  Haven't seen him for a while.  :)

It's not about the environment with either one of these guys.  It's supposed to be, but it isn't.

Comment by Jill on January 21, 2015 at 2:44pm

Never thought this would happen, but Will Scott makes Dean Naujoks look like a genius!

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