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Klamath Reservoir Drawdowns: Short-term Costs for much larger long-term gains

From Trout Unlimited  |  4/4/2024

The Klamath dam removal process is well underway and has received a lot of attention – both positive and negative. In some cases, outright misinformation has been spread by opponents of dam removal.

Wells River (VT) Whitewater Access to be Improved under New FERC License

From American Whitewater  |  3/28/2024

The new hydropower license for the Newbury Hydroelectric Project on the Wells RIver in Vermont requires access impovements to the whitewater takeout. Home to the Wells River Rumble, the new access will improve the current boater take-out — a steep, narrow, poison ivy covered goat path. Under the new 40-year license issued by the Federal […]

Eel River Dams Headed for Removal, Water Users Support Dam-Free Diversion

From California Trout  |  3/20/2024

In 2023, PG&E announced its plans to remove both Scott and Cape Horn dams on the Eel River as part of its license surrender and decommissioning of the Potter Valley Project. CalTrout has long advocated for removing both dams to improve salmon and steelhead populations in the Eel River by reconnecting the cold, perennial streams […]

Wild Klamath River Fish Unaffected by Hatchery Fish Mortality Event, Karuk Tribe Reports

From California Trout  |  3/8/2024

P R E S S R E L E A S E Karuk Tribe For Immediate Release: Wednesday March 6, 2023 For more information: Craig Tucker, Natural Resources Policy Consultant, Karuk Tribe,, 916.207.8294 WILD KLAMATH SALMON HEALTHY AFTER RESERVOIR DRAWDOWN Wild Fish unaffected by Hatchery Fish Mortality Event Happy Camp, California – The Karuk Tribe […]

California 2024 Recreational Releases

From American Whitewater  |  3/6/2024

Annually, American Whitewater starts the paddling year by confirming recreational release dates negotiated with hydropower projects across California like those operated by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). Here is what we have on tap so far for 2024. A reminder that all confirmed recreational releases can be viewed on […]

Klamath River Begins to Find its Way Home

From California Trout  |  3/6/2024

Written by Michael Wier, CalTrout Field Reporter & Videographer   The Klamath River is in the middle of a vast transformation. Right now, it is finding its way back to its original river channel after being disrupted by a series of dams for decades. By the fall of 2024, all four dams on the mainstem […]

On the Klamath, Dam Removal Alone is Not Enough

From American Rivers  |  3/6/2024

Though a century of damming has had one of the largest impacts on the health of the Klamath River, its ecosystems, and the fish and wildlife that depend on them, they are not the only obstacles the river faces on the road to recovery. It is difficult to understate the ecological significance of the four […]

Winter 2024 Newsletter

From Hydropower Reform Coalition  |  3/1/2024

Happening in Hydro Hi folks, Hydropower is a tough field, and it can feel a little like an endless loop to work on similar issues across projects without seeing much change. That’s why is such a relief and a breath of fresh air to see FERC making policy changes that have a real, positive impact. We […]

Proactive Action is Key to Balancing Future Water Demands with Supply

From South Yuba River Citizens League  |  2/20/2024

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) and our partners are currently working through a tangle of water issues which stretch from the highest reaches of our beloved Yuba River all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge. This issue promises to impact how Yuba water flows into the Bay-Delta system which will have a […]

Salmon litigation: a refresher on what this agreement does

From Idaho Rivers United  |  2/15/2024

Chinook salmon are on the brink of extinction. The Columbia Basin Restoration Initiative or CBRI, as well as U.S. government funding commitments, will bring a new approach to salmon and steelhead recovery in the Basin. Photo credit: Ryan Hagerty USFW On February 8th, Judge Michael Simon approved the five year stay in litigation that IRU, […]