The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

April 28, 2013

Leave the dams alone


Commercial-News

DANVILLE — Editor:

I am against removing the Vermillion Dam and the Ellsworth Park Dam.

While I feel for the families of the three people who were killed by dams, there are many warning signs to not traverse near them. More people get struck and killed by lightning in a year than have drowned on these rivers since the dams were built.

I worry about Asian carp infesting up river. People come from all over the country to fish the dam pools for prize smallmouth bass, catfish and walleye. The Asian carp are an invasive species and will take over the rivers once the dams are removed unless the rivers just dry up for lack of rain.

I believe the waters on the backside of the dams are a valuable natural resource. I am not saying they don’t need some kind of repair, they do. I’m saying leave them and do repair work as needed.

The large boulder idea on the downstream side of the dam sounds like a good idea. Say, aren’t there three large concrete bridge pillars for the taking just upstream of the Vermillion Dam?

If the dams are removed, they will never be put back. The city will lose another source of water. It is a scarce commodity.

Cyril Ostiguy

Danville