Dam Decomission

August 3, 2014--Setting rivers free: As dams are torn down, nature is quickly recovering (Christian Science Monitor)

“Look underneath you,” commands Nate Gray, a burly biologist for the state of Maine. He reaches down to the grate floor of a steel cage perched on a dam straddling the Sebasticook River, and pulls back a board revealing the roiling river 30 feet below.


June 6, 2014--Congress considers largest dam removal in U.S. history (High Country News)

This week, Congress is looking at a bill that even a few years ago seemed wildly, laughably improbable: an authorization to spend $250 million to implement a reworked version of the historic 2010 Klamath River agreements.


May 17, 2014--Expanding hydropower (New York Times)

“Tear Down ‘Deadbeat’ Dams,” by Yvon Chouinard (Op-Ed, May 8), argues that we should remove dams that no longer serve a public benefit. I agree; there are dams in the United States that are candidates for removal for various reasons.


November 10, 2009--Calif. governor signs $11B water bond measure championing new dams (Los Angeles Times)

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a far-reaching water bond intended to rebuild California's crumbling water system and fund new dams to save up the precious resource for dry years.


October 10, 2009--Oregon dam's demise lets the Rogue River run (Los Angeles Times)

For years, the water stored by the Savage Rapids Dam has nurtured the green bean fields and grazing pastures of southern Oregon, turning them into a lush region of bounty.But there has been a price: the death of thousands of fish, which slammed themselves into the concrete wall of the dam in a futile effort to head upstream.


September 30, 2009--Utility agrees to removal of 4 Klamath River dams (Los Angeles Times)

In a major boost for California's dwindling salmon stocks, a utility company has agreed to the removal of four hydroelectric dams that for decades have blocked fish migrations on one of the West Coast's most important salmon rivers.

March 19, 2008--A river to run through it again (LA Times)

Every evening, a 45-car train rumbles away from the Clark Fork River, loaded not with copper, gold or silver ore, but with the toxic legacy of more than a century of mining: tons of contaminated mud from behind an old dam.


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