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Don't Forget: It's "Kiss Milltown Dam Good-Bye" Day (11:30 MT)

Posted by Tom Chandler 3/28/2008

Intrepid Underground Director of Seismic Environmental Events and Wanton Thrillseeker
Sully will be present at the blessed event: the breaching of Milltown Dam.

(He'll be on the bluffs on the far side of the river from the Web camera).

Milltown Dam breaching

I don't know why they don't organize these events as fundraisers; instead of tamely breaching the dam with heavy equipment, why not auction seats at the bombardier's station of a B-52?

There -- for a hefty added fee -- you could even stencil your own message on a "dumb" bomb and push the button to drop it on the dam (the Underground votes for "Dam this, baby.").

Figure a dozen bombs would do the job at a nice, round $20K a bomb. Yeah, we're talking revenue.

Once again, the Underground leads the way in innovative, environmentally related fundraising concepts.

You can watch it happen (10:30 PT, 11:30 MT) by clicking here.


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Tom Chandler

As the author of the decade leading fly fishing blog Trout Underground, Tom believes that fishing is not about measuring the experience but instead of about having fun. As a staunch environmentalist, he brings to the Yobi Community thought leadership on environmental and access issues facing us today.

[...] river round up for 3-28 to 4-4: The Milltown Dam was breached this week and Trout Underground has some ideas for future dam removals. New Yorkers now have their [...]
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and here I thought everyone liked Bush
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Video here; http://videos.missoulian.com/p/video?id=1795360 Story here; http://www.missoulian.com/articles/2008/03/28/news/top/news01a.txt I like Tom's idea with the bombs, maybe we could paint certain political figures caricatures on them too! The round pointy end would be a natural fit our presidents propeller head...lots of other possibilities there too!
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Back from the event. It was more historically significant than awe inspiring; basically water pouring down a large ditch, but still glad I attended. It was the biggest thing to hit Missoula since the Stones played here and largely attended by the same group of aging hippy sympathizers who caught that show. We common folk identified Governor Schweitzer (he caught the Stones, too) from across the river ... more by his jeans and free-ranging Australian Shepherd, Jag. Times like this it feels good to live here.
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I'm looking at the 12:16 picture, and that looks like flowing water to me. The "time-lapse" cam (in the right sidebar) returns a 404 error, but hopefully they'll load that baby up with images of the breaching. I'd keep checking.
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The site must be getting pounded. The camera isn't showing up for me anymore.
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