Public wants Gold Ray Dam out

Public opinion overwhelmingly favors a proposal to remove the Gold Ray Dam.

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The results from a public opinion poll show overwhelming support for a $5.6 million proposal to remove the Gold Ray Dam on the Rogue River in Southern Oregon.

Responses ran almost 20 to 1 in favor of removing the dam. Those opposed to the removal included supporters for a plan to restore the dam, install a new fish ladder and restore hydropower capabilities.

Jackson County has a $5.6 million contract with a construction firm to study the environmental effects of removing the dam and then to remove it should the studies point toward that option…

The county already has received a $5 million federal stimulus grant specifically for dam removal, and the dam would have to be removed by this fall to qualify for that money.

Read the full story at the Mail Tribune.

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