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Dams & fish

As someone whose always been a supporter of dam removal, this article tonight is a story that I’m hoping with spurn other states to remove more of their dams. The article tonight is entitled “In Delaware, Dams Are Being Removed to Spur Fish Migration” by Jon Hurdle over at the New York Times. It definitely shows people all of the benefits of having a dam removed.



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The undamming of America

So the headline of tonight’s post, is also the title of a book that I believe I read many years ago by Elizabeth Grossman. Ever since then, I’ve been a strong believer in the removal of dams.

That said, the article is entitled “How Long Before These Salmon Are Gone? ‘Maybe 20 Years’ by  over at the New York Times. Meanwhile, I just went ahead and requested the book again to see if it is indeed the one I read.



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Dams and dam removal was one of the my favorite topics back when I started this blog nearly ten years ago. The book I was reading at the time was Deep Water by Jacques Leslie.

The article tonight that brought this all back is courtesy of American Rivers and entitled “Removing Dams Can Save Lives” by Jessie Thomas-Blate. There’s also a link where you too  can voice your opinion.



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Flowing right along

Since we’re on the topic of water, I thought I would post this article on the Four Klamath River Dams in Oregon and California. I swear this story has been going on since I was at my previous library, over eleven years ago.

The article is entitled “Saving the Salmon: Feds, States, Tribes Ink Plan to Demolish Four Klamath River Dams by Terri Hansen over at Indian Country. Here’s hoping we see the fall of the dams very soon.



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Dams be damned

I’ve been following this story since back when I was still working at Webster University’s Emerson Library and that’s been over ten years ago. Anyway, four dams on the Klamath river (located on both sides of the California and Oregon border) and that many have been trying to get removed, are finally coming down (be it in 2021).

For many years, environmental groups were worried that in order for this deal to happen, they would have to make some sort of deal with local irrigators, but those negotiations fell  through last year and so the best part of this deal is, that there are no strings attached.

You can check it all out over in the article entitled “On the Klamath, a surprising win for river advocates” by Paige Blankenbuehler over at High Country News.



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Damn the dams

I’ve always been in favor of dam removal  and so when I read this article over at the New York Times entitled “When Dams Come Down, Salmon and Sand Can Prosper” by

Action for Orcas: Support an Executive Order to Remove 4 Snake River Dams over at the Endangered Species Coalition’s website and I thought here’s another excellent point to make on bringing down those four dams. Down with the dams!



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A fish tale

Funny how you sometimes find a good read when you least expect it. Such is the story with “An Evolutionary Family Drama” by Richard Conniff over in the opinion page of the New York Times. Truth be damned, it could be that I’m just a sucker for a good fish story.



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A river runs through it

Now I have to admit I haven’t seen that movie in a long time (I did however, just request it), it’s a title that comes to mind when I think of the rivers up in the northwest. In fact, rivers and dams have been one of my passions for quite some time and it all started with rivers like the Elwha river up in the state of Washington.

So when I saw this article, “Freeing the Elwha!” by Robin Blackstone over at the Environmental News Network, it took me back to that time. I’m not sure but I think the book that started it all was “Deep Water: The Epic Struggle Over Dams, Displaced People and the Environment” by Jacques Leslie. I’ll do some more checking this week as I just requested this book tonight as well from my local library.

Meanwhile, there’s another great article on the Elwha river entitled “The Ambitious Restoration of an Undammed Western River” by Caroline Fraser over at the Yale Environment 360 website.



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Tired Friday

As I sit here tired from an afternoon fire drill in which we had to go down twenty-two flights of stairs, I’m reminded of my age. Like recovering from that exercise, I came across an article recently that remind me that there are lots of things that just take time.

I’ve been following the story of whether they were going to take down a dam on the Elwha river out west for quite some time now. I found the answer just recently in this article by Kim Todd over at the High Country News entitled “Rebuilding a river as Washington’s Elwha dams come down”.

Good reading for a tired body.


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Dam the torpedoes (and not the rivers)…

This is a topic that has always been near and dear to my heart and in honor of the latest dam removal on the Elwha River up in the northwest, here are a few articles on dams.

First up, “Removing Barriers to Salmon Migration” by William Yardly over at the New York Times. What a great story!

Meanwhile, here’s an article on one many hopes is not built entitled “Plan for Hydroelectric Dam in Patagonia Outrages Chileans” by Slexei Barrionuevo also at the New York Times.

And unfortunately, here’s an article on one that while new, already has problems entitled “China Admits Problems with Three Gorges Dam” by Michael Wines again at the New York Times.

Despite that, lets end here with another nice article on the Elwha. It talks about what removing a dam can perhaps teach us all with “Dam Removal Teaches Nature Students” by Jake Richardson at Care2.

Full Steam Ahead!


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