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Klamath River dam removal moves forward as the largest river restoration project in U.S. history

From Idaho Rivers United  |  9/19/2022

One of the four dams on the Klamath River that will be removed. PC: E&E News CALIFORNIA – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the removal of the lower four Klamath River dams, clearing the final hurdle to recovery of this river system and salmon fishery. This […]

The next half-century of hydro

From Trout Unlimited  |  5/26/2022

How hydropower relicensing clears a path for migratory trout and salmon

Eel River Dams License Expires, Opening Long Road to Dam Removal

From American Whitewater  |  4/14/2022

Today marks the beginning of the end for two antiquated hydropower dams on the Eel River, one of the largest whitewater river systems in California. The federal license for Pacific Gas and Electric’s Potter Valley Project expires today, and the utility has decided that it no longer wants to own and operate the hydropower project. […]

Klamath Dam Removal Process Enters Home Stretch

From California Trout, American Rivers, Trout Unlimited, American Whitewater  |  2/25/2022

Today the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released its draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the proposed removal of the lower four Klamath River dams. The public is now invited to comment on the DEIS which describes the impacts and benefits of the project.

In Maine, fish following ancient instincts find newly open rivers 

From Trout Unlimited  |  1/20/2022

Dams are the single most significant factor in the decline of Atlantic salmon in Maine. Recovering the runs will only happen if we remove other dams on the Penobscot and Kennebec rivers.

The Hydropower Myth, Part II; Is Hydropower as ‘Green’ as Promised?

From Idaho Rivers United  |  1/20/2022

Enormous releases of greenhouse gas emissions, species decline and extinction, and habitat fragmentation. While you’d be right if you assumed these were characteristics of fossil-fuel plants that have had devastating impacts on our planet, you might be surprised that these are also representative of the Hydrosystem. Long touted as clean, greenhouse-free power, new science has […]

Key ways to help free rivers in 2022

From American Rivers  |  1/10/2022

Rivers that are unimpeded by dams or diversions are the basis of life in our country. They allow water levels to fluctuate, naturally sustaining healthy habitats and reducing the likelihood that floods will inundate homes and property. Free-flowing rivers also nourish soil, filter out pollutants and support indigenous cultures that rely on fish and wildlife, […]

Surveying what’s left of Eklutna River’s Salmon

From Trout Unlimited  |  12/21/2021

This past fall I found myself frequenting the Eklutna River often, after plans solidified for the owners of the Eklutna Hydroelectric Project to briefly return water to the river for the first time since its construction in 1955. The water release was part of the study looking to mitigate the projects impacts on fish populations.

The Strength of Salmon

From American Rivers  |  12/15/2021

In the Pacific Northwest, salmon are so much a part of the landscape that their DNA is in the trees — literally. Born in the small freshwater streams of the Northwest, the smolt, or young fish, migrate out to the ocean where they transform into sleek, strong predators, gorging themselves on the bounty of the […]

Are there “good” dams and “bad” dams?

From Trout Unlimited  |  12/7/2021

We just released an issue of TROUT magazine that focuses most of its 100 pages on the need to remove four dams from the Lower Snake River. That was an easy call for me as editor because I think removal of the Lower Snake dams, thus giving a huge percentage of steelhead and salmon in the Lower 48 a chance for survival, will be the defining issue for this generation of anglers and others who care about native species.