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5 Reasons to rethink the future of dams

The United States must grapple with a legacy of 90,000 dams, many unsafe or unwanted. by Tara Lohan Wednesday, October 28, 2020 The tide has shifted on dams. Once a monument to our engineering prowess, there’s…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Dams Environment First Peoples News The Revelator Wind energy

Promise or peril? Importing hydropower to fuel clean energy transition

U.S. states hope to tap Canada’s network of large dams to meet low-carbon goals, but do better options exist closer to home? And what effects on the environment and indigenous peoples? by Tara Lohan — The…

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When dams cause more problems than they solve, removing them can pay off for people and nature

The average age of U.S. dams is 56 years, and seven in 10 will be over 50 by 2025. The American Society of Civil Engineers classifies 14% of the nation’s 15,500 high hazard potential dams. by…

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Spider excavators remove on dam on San Juan Creek in California's Cleveland National Forest. Photo: Julie Donnell, USFS
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Removing 81 dams is transforming this California watershed

The innovative project could aid endangered native species — and provide a useful roadmap for other dam-removal efforts.   by Tara Lohan Ι The Revelator March 19, 2020 Removing one gigantic dam can have a massive…

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