Tuesday, August 17, 2004


Get the latest on dam removal in the United States -- "60 dams in 15 states to be removed in 2004" (7-21-04 press release from American Rivers)

Read "Damning the Dams" from the July/August 2000 issue of E Magazine.

Read "Salvation for the Dammed" from the March 2000 issue of Sierra Magazine.

Two good quotes about dams...

"When I visit a dam, I often find a plaque honoring by name the engineer, government leader, contracting firm and the height, size, date, volume of water held or diverted, power generated, flood capacity measurements. And that's fine. But I don't find a plaque with the names of any species hurt, the names of any people displaced, the cost to taxpayers, the price of maintenance or decommissioning, or why this option was chosen over, say, windmills, solar panels, natural gas, groundwater pumping, demand management or some decentralized tools."

-- A member of the World Commission on Dams

"The public must retain control of the great waterways. It is essential that any permit to obstruct them for reasons and on conditions that seem good at the moment should be subject to revision when changed conditions demand."

-- President Teddy Roosevelt, 1908