River Revival

First, Do No Harm: A Water Conservation Expert Describes Alternatives to New California Dams

Monday, September 15, 2008
In recent drought years, California has considered building new, controversial water supply dams. Heather Cooley, a senior researcher with the Pacific Institute's Water and Sustainability Program, argues that dams should be our last resort, not first.

Our Backyard: The Klamath River Needs Your Help

Typically we keep our focus on rivers outside the U.S., but on Septemeber 18 we'll see an important action happening here at home on the West Coast. The Klamath Justice Coalition is organizing the first annual Day of Action Against PacifiCorp: The Most Destructive Power Company in the West.  More on International Rivers work on the Klamath River

Types and Degrees of Dam Decommissioning

Dam Almost Exploding
by Ercan Ayboga Dam Almost Exploding Dam removal (full decommissioning) may be the most direct and effective method for eliminating the negative effects of dams on the structure and function of river ecosystems, but it is only one of several dam management alternatives. Depending on the particular dam, these options may include no action, structural repair, dam removal, partial dam removal or changes to dam operations [according American Society of Civil Engineers, 1997]. Full Decommissioning / Removal The removal of a dam re-establishes fully the free flowing conditions in a river b

The Klamath: No Dam Deal Means No Damn Deal

Toxic algae blooms regularly poison PacifiCorp’s Klamath reservoirs. A lawsuit filed against PacificCorp last year states that the company has been aware of the problem for at least six years but has failed to correct it.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
March 2008 World Rivers Review Water wars in the arid western US are nothing new, but the rules of engagement have changed. The Klamath River basin on the California-Oregon border has been the stage for a decades-long epic battle between farmers, fisherman, government agencies, utilities, and tribes with treaty rights to dwindling salmon populations. More than 26 diverse groups have worked together to negotiate solutions to the most pressing problems the river faces, and are now close to a breakthrough that may breathe new life into the struggling river and its people. The stakehol

Reviving the World's Rivers

Thursday, February 1, 2001
Dam Removal For those of us now being saddled with the costs of years of unquestioned dam–building, it would be unconscionable to remain silent. – Dan Beard, Commissioner of the US Bureau of Reclamation (1993 – 1995) Once revered as temples of engineering prowess, dams are now viewed more critically. Dams devastate river ecosystems and undermine the rights and livelihoods of affected communities. Increased international recognition of the high environmental and social costs of dams, along with numerous river restoration successes, are inspiring dam removal campaigns worldwide. Numerous d

Dam Decommissioning

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Remove or Repair?

Thursday, June 1, 2006
Dam Safety Concerns Provide Window of Opportunity for RestorationIn the aftermath of catastrophic flooding in New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina and extreme storm events in the Northeastern United States that brought several dams to the breaking point, renewed attention has been focused on the growing crisis of dam safety in the US. River-protection groups would like to turn this crisis into an opportunity for river restoration through the removal of obsolete and unsafe dams. These events brought attention to the need for stronger state and federal dam safety policies and programs, and the po

Crisis on the Klamath

Distributed at the Third World Water Forum, Kyoto


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