Category Archives: Dam Removal

The San Clemente Dam on the Carmel River is Coming Down!

  The San Clemente dam, which controls the Carmel River watershed, is coming down!  The 90 year-old, 106 foot dam was deemed, “seismically unsafe”, in 1995.  California American Water, who owns and operates the dam, is ready to resolve the … Continue reading

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Making History In The Olympic Peninsula

Less than five months after the removal of the Elwha Dam, adult Chinook salmon were observed in Olympic National Park.  These are the first observed Elwha River salmon, to naturally migrate into the park, since the dam was constructed in 1913.  When the … Continue reading

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The Carmel River – Restoring a Central Coast Gem

I don’t know how I missed this news, but earlier this summer, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted 4 to 1, in favor of removing the antiquated San Clemente Dam on the Carmel River.  The National Marine Fisheries Service … Continue reading

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Wild Steelhead Spotted Above Deconstructed Elwha Dam

For the first time in a century, a wild steelhead was spotted upstream from the location of the now deconstructed Elwha Dam.  Ten years ago, it would have been difficult to convince many people, that this was a possibility.  Today, … Continue reading

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DamNation!

Here’s the trailer from Felt Soul Media’s new movie DamNation, which focuses on the whys, whens and hows of dam removal in the U.S.  The Elwha dams, which we’ve focused on a lot this year, is at the forefront of … Continue reading

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The Ecology, Life and Future of the Eel River

The Friends Of The Eel River presents the Eel River Symposium on April 14, in Fortuna. The event will be held at the Fortuna River Lodge at 1800 S. 12th St. Fortuna, CA and will feature presentations by Mary Power PhD, … Continue reading

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Elwha River Running Naturally for the First Time in a Century

We’ve been posting news of the Elwha River in Washington state a lot lately, because there’s a lot happening.  The deconstruction of two dams on the Elwha, began in September and is way ahead of schedule.  Within the next few … Continue reading

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Elwha River Chinook Salmon Photograph

This antiquated photograph popped up on the Wild Steelhead Coalition’s page today. This is evidence of how large the salmon, that once ascended the Elwha, were.  There are records of 100 pound Chinook Salmon that swam those waters, before the … Continue reading

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Amazing photos from Beyond Searsville Dam

These photographs were posted today by the Wild Steelhead Coalition from their friends at Beyond Searsville Dam.  I’m not sure who the photographer was, otherwise I would definitely give him credit. These fish ascended San Fransquito Creek in Palo Alto, in … Continue reading

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Klamath Dam Removal Determination Delayed

From the Times-Standard, February 28, 2012. Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, announced today that he is not making a decision on the Klamath Dam removal, by the March 31 deadline, because of a lack of action in Congress. According … Continue reading

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