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'Deadbeat Dams'

'Deadbeat Dams'

Dam removal and Elwha River Restoration Project, Washington State (credit: American Rivers)


What better way to celebrate rivers than with the removal of 'deadbeat dams'. The river conservation organization American Rivers has recognized an environmental film on what happened when old dams were removed from two rivers in Washington State. Maser Films produced Year of the River to document the dam's removal and the resulting recovery of the Elwha and White Salmon rivers. As the short documentary showcases, the two projects were a turning point in long-running efforts to restore the rivers for salmon migrations, outdoor recreation, and to support indigenous culture.

Hopefully, more deadbeat dams will be removed across the nation releasing free-flowing rivers once again.


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