World Water Day 2024: Peacebuilding through Dam Removal

This Friday, March 22, is World Water Day. Each year, the United Nations marks the day, March 22, by highlighting the importance of freshwater and the need for more collaborative and sustainable water management. The theme for this year’s global observance is “Water for Peace.” That plea seems apt. Around the world, we see ample […]

A timely boost in the science of dam removal and river recovery

Over a period of several months, two dozen papers on dam removal and river restoration are being published in a single edition of the online journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. This tranche of papers represents a significant advance in the science behind dam removals. The timing is superb, as publishing coincides with removal of […]

Dam removal supports California’s 30×30 Goals

OPINION published in Capitol Weekly , November 7, 2023, by Julie Turrini – California has hundreds of outdated dams, small and large, that no longer serve a function. These obsolete dams litter our rivers and streams, block fish passage, and create costly liabilities to communities. We need to accelerate our pace of dam removal as […]

Documentary Spotlights Partnerships in Dam Removal

To celebrate its first five years of work, Open Rivers Fund—a program of Resources Legacy Fund, launched in November 2016 with a 10-year, $50-million investment from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation—worked with film director Jason Jaacks to produce a documentary highlighting several dynamic dam removal projects and partnerships that are reshaping waterways across the American […]