In rivers big and small, migratory fish surge back to life as old energy structures are taken down.
When demolition begins in 2022 on four large dams along the Klamath River, it will be the largest removal project in U.S. history. The dams, located at the California and Oregon border, faced an expensive re-licensure process and, given their age, were set to run at an economic loss. As a result, the two states, tribal nations, and other stakeholders formed the Klamath River Renewal Corporation to take ownership of the properties, and eventually return the lands to the public domain. When completed, the project will cap off two decades of accelerated dam removals across the country as early 20th century river structures increasingly give way to the revival of migratory fish and their river ecosystems. Continue reading at RouteFifty.com →