Cumberland Times-News

July 8, 2013

Why not start by getting rid of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead?

To the Editor:
Cumberland Times-News

— Let’s start by getting rid of Hoover Dam, draining Lake Mead, thereby leaving the fish, turtles, etc. to navigate the Colorado River at will; the kayakers and canoeists to also travel easier and farther.

And if that proves successful, then maybe we should proceed with an impact survey to see if it could work for Cumberland?

The Cumberland Dam (not Blue Bridge Dam) was built around 1850 by the Chesapeake and Ohio Co. for the purpose of diverting water into the head of their canal. Above the dam was the mouth of Wills Creek.

In the early 1900s, Wills Creek and the Potomac River received a large quantity of industrial sewage and refuse from a paper mill, brewery, distillery, cement works, tannery dye works and a number of coal mines.

About 400 yards above the dam was the intake of the Cumberland Waterworks where the city’s water was pumped directly from the streams into the water mains and served to the inhabitants without being purified in any way.

Changes were made after 1900 to help solve these problems. Today the city’s water is supplied from Lake Gordon and Lake Koon; maybe we should destroy both of these lakes.

Let’s use common sense and leave all these dams alone.

Jim Miller