Fish ladders don’t work
Thank your for a well-written article about dams, fish ladders, and dam removal (“Coming Down,’’ Globe South Aug. 11). Unfortunately, fish ladders do not work well. Even if they do pass some of the herring, usually many more herring are left behind, pooled below the dam.
Dams and ladders cause a congestion point of fish - something the cormorants are willing to take advantage of, which in turn artificially increases the cormorant population, thereby exacerbating the problem.
People on the East Coast, especially in New England, need to realize that their version of Mill Pond (every town has one) is outdated and needs to go.