Solids would solve problem of water

NANAIMO: Re: City plans to remove two century-old dams, Nov. 1.

To the Editor,

Re: City plans to remove two century-old dams, Nov. 1.

In the good old days of common sense, I was taught that in order to decrease volume, you simply added solids to your vessel thereby reducing the capacity of the vessel and resulting in a direct ratio more solids less liquids.

Of course our modern age engineers obviously never went to a common sense school. Rather than spend $22 million on reinforcing the dams or $6 million on removing them, spend a million or so and fill both of the lakes with boulders.

That reduces the capacity to a safe level and still retains the beauty and serenity  of the park and its surrounding areas.

It reduces any risk of the dams collapsing and saves the taxpayers a great deal of money which could then be devoted to more worthwhile and common sense projects.

Don Olsen

Nanaimo