Coming together to restore our rivers: notes on a dam removal symposium

Earlier this spring, American Rivers and Resources Legacy Fund collaborated to stage a first-of-its-kind symposium on dam removal in Washington, DC. Attendees from federal, state, and local agencies; Tribes; nonprofits; and philanthropies came together for a spirited, two-day discussion on the movement to remove dams and restore our rivers. More than two dozen speakers made […]

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OPINION published in Capitol Weekly , November 7, 2023, by Julie Turrini – California has hundreds of outdated dams, small and large, that no longer serve a function.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 […]

Restoring the Klamath River: Science informs where future runs may go

On November 17 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued the Final License Surrender Order for the Lower Klamath River Hydroelectric Project. With this final regulatory hurdle now crossed, the Klamath River Renewal Corporation and its local Tribal and nonprofit partners can remove the four lower Klamath River Dams located on both sides of the […]