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Title: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on May 02, 2020, 06:57:09 AM
They're back! Migratory fish return to Brandywine Creek after dam-removal starts


QuoteIn January, contributor Jon Hurdle reported on how a series of dams along the Brandywine that date back some 200 years were being targeted for removal or modification.
The goal is to allow shad and more to return to their ancestral spawning grounds again for the first time in two centuries. 


This week, Jon Hurdle returns to tell us there's evidence the effort is paying off.

https://www.delawarepublic.org/post/they-re-back-migratory-fish-return-brandywine-creek-after-dam-removal-starts?fbclid=IwAR1oO6hy9PoOXiySEHLInwHWGkoqFn7-WilFue1a2v8sR9jNeyejS434a2E
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: JMiller on May 06, 2020, 12:45:45 PM
You know what's interesting on this topic.
We've had it in our minds for so long, as fishermen, biologists, conservationists, that dams need to be removed to enhance biological conditions of our rivers in a number of ways.
Recently at a conference I was at in PA, I heard an interesting alternative argument proposed.

That actually, the water held behind some of these dams on rivers such as the allegheny, which would normally just flow through in undammed conditions, now serves as a cool water reserve function during the warm summer months, which has implications for helping imperiled native freshwater mussels and other species.

Drought-like, hot summer low flow conditions are a threat to these species, and some of these reservoirs help to maintain acceptable flows.

I don't propose this as a blanket argument against dam removal, just food for thought.

Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Onslow on May 06, 2020, 16:19:56 PM
Quote from: JMiller on May 06, 2020, 12:45:45 PMYou know what's interesting on this topic.
We've had it in our minds for so long, as fishermen, biologists, conservationists, that dams need to be removed to enhance biological conditions of our rivers in a number of ways.
Recently at a conference I was at in PA, I heard an interesting alternative argument proposed.

That actually, the water held behind some of these dams on rivers such as the allegheny, which would normally just flow through in undammed conditions, now serves as a cool water reserve function during the warm summer months, which has implications for helping imperiled native freshwater mussels and other species.

Drought-like, hot summer low flow conditions are a threat to these species, and some of these reservoirs help to maintain acceptable flows.

I don't propose this as a blanket argument against dam removal, just food for thought.



Logic and facts should matter in any decision process.  I generally dislike dams, but hydroelectric power is such a critical part of our power supply, particularly during peak demand, therefore I do not oppose them unless said dam has causes catastrophic hardship to a valuable species of fish.

Old mill dams can also stop the migration invasive species such as Alabama, Kentucky Spotted bass in rivers such as the Deep in NC, or Flatheads in other watersheds.

That all being said, to hell with dams.
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 11, 2020, 09:41:58 AM
>>>For the first time in more than 55 years, rafters and boaters can float the Arkansas River from Leadville to Cañon City without disruption.

Colorado Springs Utilities and Aurora Water have finished replacing a deteriorating dam built in the 60s with a boat chute, a new water intake and a fish ladder which will allow trout to spawn upstream. The Homestake Arkansas River Diversion project reconnected the river between Granite and Buena Vista.

https://www.cpr.org/2020/07/10/with-an-old-crumbling-dam-out-of-the-way-the-arkansas-river-is-now-fully-open-to-boats-and-trout/
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 13, 2020, 11:46:19 AM
Glen Canyon day; is the dam a tombstone or a giver of new life?

>>>To some, it's a tombstone. To others, it has been a giver of new life.

There are few events or issues in the annals of U.S. environmental history that have been as controversial as the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam, what the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation considers a crown jewel and a monument to its success at harnessing the waters of the mighty Colorado River.

To those who opposed the dam, Glen Canyon's history reads like an obituary about the loss of an incomparable sandstone and water wonderland boasting a plethora of Native American ruins, emerald hanging gardens and a few spectacular natural bridges – a place to truly commune with nature and to find complete solitude since few made the effort to traverse the river along the canyon's stretch.

Those on the other side of the issue feel the dam has improved Glen Canyon – now providing greater access to its breathtaking contrast of towering crimson sandstone walls and vast expanses of crystal blue water.



https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2020/07/12/raw-glen-canyon-day-is-the-dam-a-tombstone-or-a-giver-of-new-life/#.XwyPQhOSlhE
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 14, 2020, 10:13:03 AM
Bellingham diversion dam being removed to help these imperiled Pacific Northwest icons




https://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article244071792.html

Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 16, 2020, 09:03:47 AM
A Dam Comes Down — and Tribes, Cities, Salmon and Orcas Could All Benefit
You may not have heard much about the long fight to remove the Nooksack Dam near Bellingham, Washington, but its detonation this week will prove ecologically and culturally important.

https://therevelator.org/nooksack-dam-removal/
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Onslow on July 16, 2020, 10:42:42 AM
Some dams in NC need to stay intact to keep invasive Alabama and Kentucky spotted bass at bay. The Bynum dam on the Haw, and the dam on the Deep @ Moncure need not be removed. These two dams protect two excellent largemouth bass fisheries.
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 16, 2020, 16:27:15 PM
Removal of Scott Dam key to Salmon and Steelhead recovery


>>>Newly installed sonar fish counting stations operated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and California Trout paint a dismal picture for the Eel River's native salmon and steelhead. While research indicates that at least 26,400 of these migratory fish should return to this river system every year for their populations to rebound, fewer than one-third of that number made the journey this past year.

A century ago, as many as one million salmon and steelhead returned to the Eel to reproduce annually. Today, the Eel's coho salmon, Chinook salmon, and steelhead trout populations are all listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. While the Eel River has the potential to support self-sustaining wild fish populations at a level that could be harvested commercially, it is clearly falling far short of that potential.

https://www.ukiahdailyjournal.com/2020/07/15/another-voice-removal-of-scott-dam-key-to-salmon-and-steelhead-recovery/
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 16, 2020, 16:28:21 PM
https://youtu.be/TIhvlPS4Uks

>>>The conclusion to decades of work to remove a dam on the Middle Fork Nooksack River east of Bellingham, Washington began with a bang yesterday as crews breached the dam with a carefully planned detonation. This explosive denouement is also a beginning.



Over the next couple of weeks, crews will fully remove the 125-foot-wide, 25-foot-tall dam, allowing the Middle Fork Nooksack to run free for the first time in 60 years. With the dam's removal, 16 miles of river and tributary habitat will open up to help boost populations of three threatened Puget Sound fish species: Chinook salmon, steelhead and bull trout

https://www.ecowatch.com/dams-washington-2646412613.html?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 28, 2020, 12:07:18 PM
Controversy swirls over dam plans in Northern New York

>>>PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WCAX) - Controversy is swirling in Plattsburgh over what to do with the Imperial Mills Dam. Our Kelly O'Brien has both sides of the story.

Over the last several decades, it's been an upstream battle trying to figure out what to do with the Imperial Mills Dam on the Saranac River.

"We want to take the dam out," said Don Lee with Trout Unlimited.

Local fishermen with Trout Unlimited say the dam blocks Atlantic salmon from getting to their natural spawning grounds upriver.


https://www.wcax.com/2020/07/27/controversy-swirls-over-dam-plans-in-northern-new-york/
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 29, 2020, 10:33:02 AM
Europe's migratory freshwater fish population falls by 93% in 50 years

>>>Europe's migratory freshwater fish population has decreased massively.

Since 1970, their numbers have fallen by 93 percent in Europe, the highest rate of population decline in the world, according to a new report by a coalition of environmental organizations including the World Fish Migration Foundation and the World Wide Fund for Nature.

The second highest rate is in Latin America and the Caribbean at 84 percent. Globally, the migratory freshwater fish population has fallen by 76 percent.

https://newseu.cgtn.com/news/2020-07-29/Europe-s-migratory-freshwater-fish-population-falls-by-93-in-50-years-SvdysUeji8/index.html
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Mudwall Gatewood 3.0 on July 29, 2020, 13:19:08 PM
I wonder what migratory freshwater fishes where/are deterred by our Gathright, Philpott and South H. dams?  It is a puzzling principled question for sure.   
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on July 31, 2020, 20:11:23 PM
Removal Of Milltown Dam Supported In Poll
Saint John, NB, Canada / Country 94


>>>Eighty-seven per cent of people polled in the St. Stephen and surrounding communities support the removal of the Milltown Dam.

The poll was commissioned by the Conservation Council of New Brunswick and Atlantic Salmon Federation and conducted by Oraclepoll Research

Neville Crabbe, the executive director of the Atlantic Salmon Federation, said the removal was announced by NB Power last year.

"It's the oldest hydroelectric facility in Canada, it's reached the end of its life. NB Power looked at alternatives to removal including refurbishment and determined there was no case to keep that structure in place," he said.



https://www.country94.ca/2020/07/30/removal-of-milltown-dam-supported-in-poll/
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 01, 2020, 10:29:23 AM


>>>The U.S. government announced Friday that four huge dams on the Snake River in Washington state will not be removed to help endangered salmon migrate to the ocean.
US: Snake River dams will not be removed to save salmon


The decision thwarts the desires of environmental groups that fought for two decades to breach the structures.

The Final Environmental Impact Statement was issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and Bonneville Power Administration, and sought to balance the needs of salmon and other interests.

The plan calls for spilling more water over the dams at strategic times to help fish migrate faster to and from the ocean, a tactic that has already been in use.

Environmental groups panned the Trump administration plan as inadequate to save salmon, an iconic Northwest species. They contend the dams must go if salmon are to survive.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/us-snake-river-dams-will-not-be-removed-to-save-salmon/2020/07/31/b797f4f8-d362-11ea-826b-cc394d824e35_story.html
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 02, 2020, 10:26:54 AM
Dam removal is a win-win for river and irrigation


>>>A dam removal project in the Rogue River watershed this summer is proving that it's possible to find solutions that benefit both salmon and farms.

The Lower Bridgepoint Dam on Williams Creek, a tributary to the Applegate River, provides water for irrigation, but restricts habitat for Chinook and coho salmon, as well as steelhead and lamprey. Now, thanks to the collaboration of the Applegate Partnership and Watershed Council and with support from the Bureau of Land Management and private landowners, the dam is coming down and the habitat will be restored.

This dam removal adds to the ongoing restoration efforts in the mighty Rogue River watershed, renowned for its world-class sport fishing. These projects help Rogue River salmon sustain recreational and commercial fishing, despite recent droughts that have devastated fish in other rivers in the state.

https://mailtribune.com/opinion/guest-opinions/dam-removal-is-a-win-win-for-river-and-irrigation
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 02, 2020, 10:28:31 AM
Nez Perce Tribe Calls for Leadership on Lower Snake River Restoration

>>>"We view restoring the lower Snake River as urgent and overdue.  To us, the lower Snake River is a living being, and, as stewards, we are compelled to speak the truth on behalf of this life force and the impacts these concrete barriers on the lower Snake have on salmon, steelhead, and lamprey, on a diverse ecosystem, on our Treaty-reserved way of life, and on our people." stated Chairman Shannon F. Wheeler.


https://lcvalley.dailyfly.com/Home/ArtMID/1352/ArticleID/56383/Nez-Perce-Tribe-Calls-for-Leadership-on-Lower-Snake-River-Restoration
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 03, 2020, 10:22:17 AM
Environmental Groups File Motion To Stop Dam Project In Little Colorado River Gorge

>>>A coalition of environmental groups Monday plan to file a motion to stop a hydropower and dam proposal in the Little Colorado River Gorge. They say it represents a grave threat to the environment, endangered species and tribal sacred sites. KNAU's Ryan Heinsius reports.

The environmental legal group Earthjustice is urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject a preliminary permit application filed for the Big Canyon project. It would include four dams and four reservoirs adjacent to Grand Canyon National Park on the Navajo Nation. It's the third such proposal in the area from the Phoenix-based Pumped Hydro Storage, and would tap a local aquifer instead of damming the Little Colorado River.

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The Little Colorado River Gorge on the Navajo Nation adjacent to Grand Canyon National Park is the proposed site of three hydro-storage proposals.
Credit Ryan Heinsius / KNAU

https://www.knau.org/post/environmental-groups-file-motion-stop-dam-project-little-colorado-river-gorge



Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 06, 2020, 06:13:25 AM
Another Washington dam removal — and 37 more miles of salmon habitat restored

>>> PILCHUCK RIVER, near Granite Falls, Snohomish County — Washington's dam-busting summer is still rolling, with two more dams coming down on the Pilchuck River, opening 37 miles of habitat to salmon for the first time in more than a century.

The $2 million dam removal project is a collaboration between the City of Snohomish and Tulalip Tribes, and will benefit multiple species of salmon, including threatened chinook salmon, crucial food for endangered southern resident killer whales.

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/another-washington-dam-removal-and-37-more-miles-of-salmon-habitat-restored/
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 12, 2020, 10:57:41 AM
Barriers limit cutthroat trout migration

>>> Few people know rivers more intimately than anglers. Every bend, pool and overhanging trees of our favorite river stretches are stored in the recesses of our brains. Particularly those where big fish are known to hide.

From year to year, the pools we fish are usually static and don't change dramatically. We walk up to our favorite stream and, by all appearances, the water looks the same. Things we have a hard time observing happen throughout the year.



https://www.tu.org/blog/barriers-limit-migratory-cutthroat-populations/

Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on August 19, 2020, 12:07:48 PM
A Sweeping Win for Salmon and Steelhead on the Willamette River


>>>Dams on four key tributaries of the Willamette River block between 40 to 90% of spawning habitat. The dams' heights and large reservoirs make it nearly impossible for small fish to swim downstream and for adult fish to access critical spawning habitats upstream. Dam operations create unnatural flows, impact fish habitat, water quality and water temperature which increases mortality.

The Court ruled for the Plaintiffs on all three of their ESA claims, holding that the Corps: 1) failed to carry out "several of the most important [required] measures" related to fish passage and water quality, 2) is jeopardizing and unlawfully taking Upper Willamette Chinook salmon and steelhead, and 3) the agency's significant delay in reinitiating consultation was "a substantial procedural violation of the ESA."

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/08/17/a-sweeping-win-for-salmon-and-steelhead-on-the-willamette-river/
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 02, 2020, 12:15:27 PM
Washington Dam Removal Will Give Salmon The Chance To Spawn



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https://www.kuow.org/stories/60-year-old-nooksack-dam-is-being-blasted-to-pieces-to-let-fish-swim-free


Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 02, 2020, 19:15:52 PM
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/nooksack-river-dam-finally-coming-down-freeing-miles-for-fish-habitat/


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Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 12, 2020, 10:15:45 AM
Work underway on Walton's Mill Dam removal

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The replaced metal arch will be able to withstand the 100-year storm event without impacting the road. The increased size also allows for a natural stream bottom and banks which restores fish passage, water quality, and wildlife movements. Connected streams are critical for recovery of Atlantic salmon, brook trout, and other wildlife. :cheers

Progress is being made on the removal of Walton's Mill Dam- a project that was widely approved by voters two years ago.

Heading up the project is the Atlantic Salmon Federation who is investing roughly $1.2 million to make area improvements and remove the historic dam. Built in 1820, the dam was deemed a barrier to the endangered Atlantic salmon by the National Marine Fisheries Service in 2009. By law the town would have either needed to remove the dam completely or construct a passage for the fish to migrate through. The option of the "fish ladder" would not have included any assistance from federal or state funding, and was estimated to cost $750,000.

http://www.dailybulldog.com/db/features/work-underway-on-waltons-mill-dam-removal/
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 16, 2020, 09:14:08 AM
https://vimeo.com/454625111

Last month, North Coast Regional Director Darren Mierau presented to an audience of 228 participants about the Potter Valley Project. Two aging dams on the upper Mainstem Eel River, owned by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), currently impede (Cape Horn Dam) or completely block (Scott Dam) migratory access to several hundred miles of habitat for federally listed Chinook salmon and Steelhead. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for the Potter Valley Project (PVP) expires in 2022. In 2019 PG&E made a paramount decision to not relicense the Project.

This webinar will describe the Feasibility Study Report and Project Plan submitted to FERC in May of 2020 by a coalition of five regional entities including CalTrout to acquire the license for the Potter Valley Project. The Project Plan includes the removal of Scott Dam, modification of Cape Horn Dam, continued power generation, and winter "run-of-the-river" water diversions. The Project plan would result in unimpeded migratory access for salmon and steelhead into the upper Eel River, along with continued diversion of Eel River water to the Russian River.
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 17, 2020, 08:11:56 AM
Ward's Mill Dam on Watauga River Planned for Removal This Year


>>>
The historic dam at the Ward's Mill along Watauga River near Sugar Grove is being removed this year.

"That is the plan," said Virginia Ward, adding that the future removal will be bittersweet.

"You know it will be okay to let it go. It will open the river and I believe that will be good ... but it's a bit sad, too. We have multiple emotions. Let's put it that way."

https://wataugaonline.com/wards-mill-dam-on-watauga-river-planned-for-removal-this-year/

Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 21, 2020, 08:16:41 AM
A river reconnected: Removing the Pilchuck River Diversion Dam

>>>Washington's Pilchuck River is close to once again flowing freely after more than 100 years, thanks to a NOAA-supported effort to remove an obsolete dam. Once restoration work is complete, the project will reopen 37 miles of habitat for fish and help protect downstream communities from flooding.


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>>>The Pilchuck River Dam is located roughly where the middle and upper portions of the Pilchuck River meet. The middle portion of the river, below the dam, lacks high-quality habitat and has high summer temperatures. Above the dam, in the upper portion of the river, high-quality habitat is abundant and water temperatures are cooler. Removing the Pilchuck River Dam allows fish to access more than 37 miles of this high-quality habitat.




Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 24, 2020, 11:26:28 AM
Walton's Mill dam removal, park improvements outlined in Farmington

>>>FARMINGTON — Selectmen on Tuesday evening were told design plans for improvements to Walton's Mill Park Plan should be nearly complete in about two weeks, with a final plan ready in October.

"We're moving along in our design phase, we're at 75% of the design," Maranda Nemeth, project manager for the Atlantic Salmon Federation, said.

Voters approved the $1.2 million Walton's Mill Dam project in November 2018, a year after a fish passage study was approved. The project will remove the dam so endangered Atlantic salmon can travel up Temple Stream to spawn.

Dam removal and park improvements will be done in three phases with construction starting in 2021, Nemeth said.

https://www.centralmaine.com/2020/09/22/waltons-mill-dam-removal-park-improvements-outlined-in-farmington/

Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: troutrus on September 27, 2020, 11:18:02 AM
Local project underway. Article in the local fish wrapper today.

https://greensboro.com/rockingham_now/lifestyles/lindsey-bridge-dan-river-access-to-close-monday-as-dam-project-begins/article_1abc264c-f381-11ea-b027-4f3c5eaf456a.html

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Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 28, 2020, 08:45:34 AM
Removing dams on Puyallup and Snake rivers is key to salmon and orca survival

>>>Like many people throughout the Pacific Northwest, I was recently uplifted by the news that Tahlequah, the mother orca who captured the world's attention during her tour of grief in 2018, gave birth to a healthy new calf. Southern resident orcas are one of the world's most endangered wildlife populations, so every new calf is precious.

While I am cautiously optimistic, I remain concerned about the future this newborn orca and his family face as they search for increasingly scarce salmon.

Salmon are the lifeblood of the Pacific Northwest's ecosystems, culture and economy. Over 100 species of wildlife rely on salmon. Recreational and commercial fishing businesses support countless rural communities from the coast to the Palouse.



https://www.thenewstribune.com/opinion/op-ed/article245996200.html
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on September 30, 2020, 08:35:34 AM
Feds formally adopt salmon, dams plan
Strategy calls for Snake River dams to stay, more water to be spilled to help salmon runs

>>>The federal government formally adopted its salmon and dams management strategy Tuesday that relies on spilling water at Snake and Columbia river dams to speed juvenile fish to the ocean but keeps the four lower Snake River dams in place.

The Army Corps of Engineers, Bonneville Power Administration and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation issued a Record of Decision committing the agencies to a plan centered on balancing the needs of Endangered Species Act-protected salmon and steelhead with carbon-free hydropower production and efficient barge transportation on the Columbia and lower Snake rivers.

https://lmtribune.com/northwest/feds-formally-adopt-salmon-dams-plan/article_0ec395f4-a14d-5a7b-83a5-11cf167a54f1.html
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on October 16, 2020, 07:35:04 AM
Africa's largest dam powers dreams of prosperity in Ethiopia — and fears of hunger in Egypt

As the reservoir fills on the Blue Nile, people in both countries are preparing for changes the dam may bring

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/interactive/2020/grand-ethiopian-renaissance-dam-egypt-nile/?no_nav=true&tid=a_classic-iphone
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Dougfish on October 16, 2020, 11:32:16 AM
Quote from: Woolly Bugger on October 16, 2020, 07:35:04 AMAfrica's largest dam powers dreams of prosperity in Ethiopia — and fears of hunger in Egypt

As the reservoir fills on the Blue Nile, people in both countries are preparing for changes the dam may bring

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/interactive/2020/grand-ethiopian-renaissance-dam-egypt-nile/?no_nav=true&tid=a_classic-iphone

This will not end well.
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 10, 2020, 09:27:02 AM
Washington state tribes, utility consider old dam's removal

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>>>SEATTLE (AP) — Tribal leaders in northern Washington state have announced an effort to determine the feasibility and costs associated with removal of a dam that has not generated electricity since 1958.

The Enloe Dam, built 100 years ago, blocks fish from reaching the Similkameen River and is of no use to the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation wanting to bring salmon back to the river, The Seattle Times reported.

"It's got to go," tribal business council Chair Rodney Cawston said, as he watched the river cascade over the 54-foot (16-meter) dam. "Our people have lived off salmon for thousands of years. This is of just huge importance to us."

https://tulsaworld.com/news/national/govt-and-politics/washington-state-tribes-utility-consider-old-dams-removal/article_27fdcab6-5587-55a4-93db-01808013a20b.html
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 11, 2020, 09:16:31 AM
For over a century, one of the most important salmon runs in the United States has had to contend with historic dams – and now four of them are set to be taken down.

>>>"My great uncle and my grandma and my great grandparents and, I'm sure, their great grandparents: they were all fishermen. That's just what they did – they fished and it was out of necessity to support their families. And it's because that's what we've always done and we've never known another life," says Amy Cordalis, the general counsel of the Yurok, and a member of California's largest indigenous tribe.

It's hard to overstate how important this livelihood has been to the Yurok people who have lived for millennia in rural Northern California. And yet this livelihood has been diminishing for decades after the Klamath River – which flows through the tribe's territory – was dammed for hydroelectricity. But now, after years of painstaking negotiations, the fortunes of the Yurok could be set to change, with the largest dam removal project in US history given the green light.

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Although she grew up in Ashland, Oregon, Cordalis would often visit Requa, a tiny village near the mouth of the Klamath River in northern California, to see family, attend tribal ceremonies – and to fish. Her father – "the ultimate Yurok fisherman" – had four daughters and a son, and he taught all of them to fish.


https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20201110-the-largest-dam-removal-project-in-american-history
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 11, 2020, 09:28:51 AM
>>>PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A coalition of environmental and fishing groups are suing a water district in southern Oregon over an aging, privately owned dam that they say hinders the passage of struggling salmon populations in the pristine North Umpqua River.

The lawsuit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Eugene, asks a judge to order the Winchester Water Control District to build a new fish ladder and make major repairs to Winchester Dam, which dates to 1890 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The dam is one of the oldest in Oregon.

https://www.middletownpress.com/news/article/Fishing-environmental-groups-sue-over-Umpqua-15717520.php
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 18, 2020, 09:15:30 AM
Klamath River deal revives plan for major dam demolition to save salmon

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>>>ORTLAND, Ore. —  An agreement announced Tuesday paves the way for the largest dam demolition in U.S. history, a project that promises to reopen hundreds of miles of waterway along the Oregon-California border to salmon that are critical to tribes but have dwindled to almost nothing in recent years.

If it goes forward, the deal would revive plans to remove four massive hydroelectric dams on the lower Klamath River, emptying giant reservoirs and reopening potential fish habitat that's been blocked for more than a century. The massive project would be at the vanguard of a trend toward dam demolitions in the U.S. as the structures age and become less economically viable amid growing environmental concerns about the health of native fish.

https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-11-17/apnewsbreak-deal-revives-plan-for-largest-us-dam-demolition
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 18, 2020, 09:22:17 AM
B.C. outdoor group calls for removal of U.S. dam
Defunct obstruction on Similkameen River cuts off 500 km of Canadian salmon habitat


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>>>A B.C. outdoor group is hoping some cross-border diplomacy will lead to the dismantling of a defunct dam in Washington State that's blocked salmon runs into Canada for the past century.

The Enole Dam is concrete wall, 18-metre tall, 88-metres wide, constructed around 1920 near Oroville, WA, about 11 km south of Osoyoos. Designed without fish ladders to enable fish migration, it eliminated salmon and steelhead runs from the Similkameen River and its tributaries flowing from B.C. through Manning Provincial Park and past the communities of Princeton, Hedley, Keremeos and Cawston.

https://www.mapleridgenews.com/news/b-c-outdoor-group-calls-for-removal-of-u-s-dam/
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on November 19, 2020, 09:19:41 AM
Huge dam demolition could save salmon on the edge of extinction

Spring-run Chinook salmon, critical to Indigenous fishers along the Klamath River, are in steep decline. But two recent developments may offer a path to their recovery.


https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2020/11/dam-removal-project-genetic-discovery-could-be-good-news-for-key-salmon-species/
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 13, 2021, 09:43:08 AM
A second chance for Eel River salmon and steelhead?

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>>>For many years Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has operated the "Potter Valley Project," a hydroelectric facility on the main stem of the Eel River consisting of Scott and Cape Horn dams and a tunnel diverting water into the Russian River watershed, where it is used to generate a small amount of electricity and for irrigation by farmers in Potter Valley and farther south in Sonoma County.

The construction of Scott Dam in 1922 completely blocked passage of critically imperiled anadromous fish including salmon, steelhead and lamprey while simultaneously forming Lake Pillsbury, a 2,000-acre reservoir in remote northwestern Lake County used for boating, fishing and camping. Consisting of several hundred dwellings, primarily on Mendocino National Forest leaseholds but also including a scattering in private ownership, this community has very few permanent residents.

https://www.redbluffdailynews.com/2021/01/12/a-second-chance-for-eel-river-salmon-and-steelhead/
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 16, 2021, 15:04:56 PM
200 Years Ago My Family Built a Dam — Now My Organization Is Tearing It Down

A river-restoration advocate looks back at her family's forgotten history to gain new insight into the history — and future — of our country's rivers.

>>>If you look at a map of a watershed, it branches like a family tree. Pennsylvania's Cacoosing Creek flows into the Tulpehocken, which flows into the Schuylkill, which flows into the Delaware, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean.

My Great Aunt Kathryn (we called her Kaki) lived in a house on North Church Road in Robesonia, Pennsylvania. When you walked in the front door, arriving for a family reunion or a Fourth of July picnic, you were met by a wall of family photos — my mom's cousins Hank, Mike and Andrea. Kaki and my grandmother Anita as girls.

And hanging among the photos of our own family tree was a little pen and ink drawing of a mill.


>>>Removing the dam on Cacoosing Creek will restore more than seven miles of habitat for American eel, trout, blacknose dace and white suckers. It will revitalize the health of the entire ecosystem. Nationwide more than 1,700 dams have been removed to restore rivers, and Pennsylvania leads the nation in dam removal.


https://therevelator.org/cacoosing-dam-removal/
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 23, 2021, 09:35:06 AM
Commentary: Removing 4 Brookfield Renewable dams would revive lower Kennebec, at-risk species
The fate of Atlantic salmon in the U.S. depends on restoring them in the Kennebec. Razing these dams would give the species its best chance at survival.

>>>Colin Woodard's Jan. 3 article on Brookfield Renewable's four Kennebec River dams between Waterville and Skowhegan brings much-needed attention to stalled efforts to restore endangered Atlantic salmon and other sea-run fish to Maine's second largest watershed.


A Fairfield man casts a fly into a pool in the Kennebec River below the Shawmut dam. The National Marine Fisheries Service and Maine Department of Marine Resources recommend the dam's removal.  David Leaming/Morning Sentinel, File

Today the Kennebec is a tale of two rivers. Downstream of the Lockwood Dam, the Kennebec and its tributaries teem with alewives, blueback herring, American shad and two species of sturgeon that have returned after the removal of the Edwards and Fort Halifax dams. More than 3 million river herring now return annually to the Sebasticook River to spawn, providing food that brings seals 50 miles upstream from salt water and attracts the East Coast's largest concentration of bald eagles. Anglers below the Lockwood Dam can catch shad until their arms hurt.

Upstream of Lockwood Dam, it's a different story. The fish lift at Lockwood simply doesn't work. Some anglers catch more shad in a day than the lift passes in a year. In 2019, a study found that only 45 percent of tagged salmon released below the dam entered the fish lift. Some took a month to do so. The Maine Department of Marine Resources believes restoration will require 99 percent passage within 48 hours of reaching the dam. And Lockwood is just the first of four dams salmon need to pass before they reach the exceptional spawning and rearing habitat in the Sandy River.

https://www.newscentermaine.com/article/life/concerns-of-conflict-on-maines-coastline/97-78308102-361d-40e9-9b1e-9a6ac36e2294
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on January 31, 2021, 10:28:57 AM
A Four-Month Time Lapse of the Nooksack Dam Removal

This Swiftwater Films time lapse, produced by director Shane Anderson and filmed and edited by Jesse Andrew Clark, shows the monthslong process of deconstructing the Nooksack Dam on the Middle Fork of Washington's Nooksack River. This restoration will repair 16 miles of habitat for threatened salmon and steelhead.

https://www.outsideonline.com/2420470/nooksack-dam-removal-time-lapse
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on February 12, 2021, 09:49:24 AM
Idaho's Simpson calls for breaching dams

>>>Every single salmon and steelhead that spawns in Wallowa County streams must navigate the four dams on the Lower Snake River twice — once as a smolt en route to the ocean and again as an adult returning to its natal stream.

On Feb. 6, Idaho 2nd Congressional District Rep. Mike Simpson, an 11-term Republican, called for a $33.5 billion, decade-long program that would breach those dams and provide support for local economies to save Idaho — and also Wallowa County — salmon and steelhead.

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"I'm not certain that removing these dams will restore Idaho salmon and prevent their extinction," he said. "But I am certain that if we do not take this course of action, we are condemning Idaho salmon to extinction."

https://www.wallowa.com/news/local/idahos-simpson-calls-for-breaching-dams/article_d4c95a80-6a4d-11eb-afb1-4fbc18882f23.html
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on February 18, 2021, 18:57:18 PM
69 Dams Removed in 2020
Nothing restores a river like removing a dam.

>>> Despite the challenges of working through a pandemic, river restoration practitioners continued to pursue dam removal projects in 2020 to revitalize local economies and communities and reconnect 624 upstream river miles for fish, wildlife and river health. Sixty-nine dams were removed in 2020 across 23 states, including: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.


https://www.americanrivers.org/2021/02/69-dams-removed-in-2020/
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on February 27, 2021, 12:23:15 PM
Dammed, drugged, poisoned: Shad, eels and smallmouth bass struggle to survive in Susquehanna River

>>>Three troubled species
What's changed is that civilization has caught up with the smallmouth bass.

The fish are among the species that call the river their home — along with American shad and eel — that have been most affected by human activity. The species are very different, and the challenges they face are varied, but one thing is certain: Their numbers are not what they used to be, and that is a reflection of the health of the watershed.

Shad and eel — species that migrate to spawn — are hampered by the four large hydroelectric dams on the lower section of the river, from the Conowingo near the river's mouth in the south, to Holtwood, Safe Harbor and York Haven dam, respectively, to the north. The dams, in addition to causing problems with sediment, impede the migration of the shad and eel, migration that is essential for the fish to propagate.

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https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/environment/bs-md-susquehanna-river-species-20210227-4zw6pcdsgvek7pojvv7sjm7q5u-story.html
Title: Re: Damn Dams -- Unlimited dam removal
Post by: Woolly Bugger on February 27, 2021, 12:35:36 PM
'The stars are aligned': Rep. Mike Simpson breaks down plan to breach Snake River dams

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>>>WASHINGTON — When Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson publicly called for breaching four Lower Snake River dams on Sunday, Feb. 7, as part of his Energy & Salmon Concept, public reaction, it's fair to say, was shock. And although Simpson certainly heard the swift criticism of his plan, voices as wide-ranging as tribes, environmental groups, energy interests and farmers were quick to praise his proposal for its collaborative spirit and attempt to find compromise solutions — something not heard much out of Washington nowadays.

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https://www.eastoregonian.com/news/state/the-stars-are-aligned-rep-mike-simpson-breaks-down-plan-to-breach-snake-river-dams/article_0e86d7ae-77bc-11eb-acba-6f360fdf7743.html