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 […]

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 […]

Surveys show support for Nelson Dam removal and tips on talking about dams

Nelson Dam, a century-old concrete structure that outlived its usefulness, spans the Naches River in Yakima, Washington. It blocks fish passage for much of the year and presents safety risks for the City of Yakima. After years of planning, Nelson Dam is coming down this fall. Earlier this year, when the dam’s fate was still […]