From the Mountains to the Sea tells the inside story of the Penobscot River Restoration Project drawing on interviews with more than fifty participants who helped navigate local politics and federal budgets and examines the challenges, compromises, and key turning points in the project to ultimately balance social and economic values and serve as a global model for large-scale ecosystem restoration.
Climate change and neglect have brought the mammoth structure at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe to the brink of calamity — a crisis prefigured in the dam’s troubling colonial history.
Since the removal of two dams on the Elwha River in the Pacific Northwest, salmon are spawning once again, animals large and small are returning to the river banks, and hundreds of acres of barren former lakebed are greening.
Many present-day river names are mispronunciations of indigenous names passed down over hundreds — sometimes thousands — of years. Penobscot comes from the Algonquin word Panawahpskek (“descending ledges”). Tennessee originates from the Cherokee word Ta na si (“gathering place”). Yakima may come from the Ichiskiin words Iksíks wána (“little river”). Anyone who cares deeply about rivers has much to learn from the wisdom of Indigenous Peoples. Today, tribes across the country are using their sovereignty, knowledge and expertise to work for a future in which local communities and sacred river ecosystems can thrive. The rest of us should listen closely.
The SYRCL River Monitoring Plan addresses the most current, pressing water quality needs in the Yuba River watershed. The goal of the Plan is to document and justify the need for water quality protection and remediation efforts through targeted data collection efforts. It accomplishes this by posing, and answering, a series of questions using scientifically defensible data collection methods.