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November 18, 2008 at 2:50 PM

Alternative energy

Let’s use the water

that surrounds us

Seattle Times staff reporter Michelle Ma wrote of various methods of generating electricity by capturing ocean waves and tides [“Concerns emerge about environmental effects of wave-energy technology,” News, Nov. 17].

I have often wondered why someone hasn’t investigated capturing the flow of tidal water that runs through the Tacoma Narrows channel. Anyone with a low-powered boat can testify to the strong currents that flow under the Narrows Bridge during tide change.

Too late now, but couldn’t they have designed turbine tunnels in the footings when they built the new Narrows Bridge?

— Emery Eckert, Mercer Island

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