Thanks so much for Robert H. Boyle's article on PCBs (The Spreading Menace of PCB, Dec. 1). Your magazine has wide support, and also a responsibility to alert us to problems such as this that affect a number of sports. Please keep it up. We want more of the same.
I'll admit the presence in fish of PCB is a bad thing. But tell me something. Lake George gets called a trouble spot. Yet Lake George is fed by springs and a few mountain streams, all of them pure. There is no sewage. The water is drunk by all the surrounding inhabitants. And there are no industries to contaminate it. So how do those trout in that deep cold water accumulate so much PCB? The mind boggles.
?Ogden R. Reid, commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, agrees that it is a mystery but cites four possible sources of PCB infiltration into Lake George that his department is currently investigating: 1) leaching from small landfills; 2) PCBs transported by air from the Glens Falls-Hudson Falls-Fort Edward, N.Y. area; 3) marine and road operations; and 4) geologic connections with contaminated waters in the region.—ED.
I commend SI and Richard W. Johnston for a fascinating piece on North Bonneville's war against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Caught Standing in the Way of Progress, Nov. 24). Having witnessed a battle won by the Engineers in central Pennsylvania—the creation of Lake Raystown in the name of flood control and recreation—I would be happy to see Corps fighting become a national sport. The head appraiser's heated remark to Pollard Dickson, "Neither you nor this little town is going to tell the Federal Government what to do!" is quintessential of the Corps.
It is a comfort indeed to hear of one fight the Engineers have lost, and to spread the word as you have done may give heart to others to stand up and challenge a bureaucratic machine that has heretofore steamrollered and bulldozed its way through the lives of Americans almost at will.
GORDON M. SHEDD
I think your article missed a significant point. What was not mentioned is that this country is suffering from an energy shortage and needs to find ways to alleviate the problem. It seems that every attempt to develop energy sources is met by opposition from someone. If we decide that the rights of some people are more important than the production of energy, we must also be prepared to sacrifice the energy that would have been produced. Are we ready to do that?
Willow Grove, Pa.
That was a topnotch article about a Columbia River community's successful battle against the Army Corps of Engineers. You state that until this victory last August the Corps had not lost a major battle to anyone—ecologists, sportsmen or Robert Moses. Your readers should be gladdened to know that the struggles against the Corps of Engineers have not been all that bleak. The threat to Virginia's historic Rappahannock River posed by the Corps' Salem Church Dam (Sentinels Along a Stream of Memories, June 19, 1972) was put to rest last year. In the fall of 1973 Georgia conservationists prevailed upon Governor Carter to halt the Spewrell Bluff Dam, which the Corps had planned for the state's No. 1 candidate as a scenic river. In this year alone the brakes have been put on four major Corps projects: Tocks Island Dam on the Delaware River, the Red River Gorge Dam in Kentucky, the LaFarge Dam on Wisconsin's Kickapoo River and the Bell-Foley Dam on Arkansas' Strawberry River.
Strenuous battles against a number of ongoing Corps proposals are being waged by concerned citizens, and your article provides encouragement to those of us involved in these struggles.
Environmental Policy Center
Cancel my subscription! It is utterly deplorable that a magazine of your excellent qualify would lower itself to exposing the bare nakedness of a woman just for cheap sensationalism—but keep up the good work.
P.S. Just thought I'd get you people ready for the onslaught that invariably follows your annual January swimsuit display.