This organisation is removing dams and restoring rivers | Pioneers For Our Planet

This organisation is removing dams and restoring rivers | Pioneers For Our Planet


I don’t think we grow up understanding and even knowing what a healthy river is supposed to look like We’ve channelled and diverted and dammed our rivers so many times in so many ways the definition of a river is that it flows. When you think about all the things that healthy rivers give us, we can’t survive without them. Rivers are the veins and arteries of our planet and so if you build a dam, if they’re clogged if we’re stopping that river’s flow, that has all kinds of consequences and all kinds of impacts upstream and downstream. Dams were built and are built for a variety of reasons to produce hydropower, to generate electricity for flood control, to make the river navigable The problem is that we’ve built way too many. We really overbuilt and we’ve built dams in places we never should have built them. The Pacific Northwest has some of the most spectacular rivers that you’ll see anywhere rivers that are home to incredible migrations of salmon they define us they are part of our identity and we feel really strongly about making sure that they stay that way that they stay clean and free-flowing for future generations. The Elwha River is one of the country’s best river success stories. Two dams were removed from the Elwha about five years ago a lot of the river is protected so when you took the dams away we really were able to let a river be wild again. When the dams were still there I was able to stand on the top and see the salmon they were still after a hundred years trying to get back upstream so now the dams are gone and it’s just transforming that entire river. There’s a lot of opportunity to take down dams that no longer serve any purpose that are outdated, that are unsafe that are causing undue harm to the environment, to water quality to fish and wildlife. We need to celebrate every single one of these dam removals because every single project is the result of partnership and collaboration and of this desire to bring back something very special whether it’s fisheries or clean water or all the things that rivers give us. If we can give rivers some room to do their thing that will lead to a healthier system for not only the river but for people too.

25 thoughts on “This organisation is removing dams and restoring rivers | Pioneers For Our Planet

  1. Does destroying dams means more reliance on fossil fuels, as today we are not having reliable sources of renewable energy?

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  3. Great film, and I agree with its message, but it does not cover why the dams can be removed – are we building more nuclear plants, getting more from wind and solar, or relying more on coal?

  4. Hydroelectric energy from dams is renewable. Are we going to replace it for nuclear plants , coal or oil ? This movement will make sense when there will be sufficient solar and wind power plants or even nuclear fusion.

  5. Congratulations πŸŽ‰. You're destroying human progress and having a negative effect on the environment all at the same time. Now that takes a really special type of person

  6. Sebelum umur damnya yang besar di setiap negara habis dan tidak membahayakan dan mengurangi risiko keselamatan warga perlu dibuatkan dam cadangan di bagian hilirnya sebelum direnovasi.

  7. Please…. Just open wider.. not to destroy until all certain and agree in some condition.. not "ALL" Dam are necesary to be changed.. πŸ™

  8. I agree too many dams built and complete valleys had to be sunk in places and the price is very little hydroelectric produces very little we need to champion more alternative forms of energy production

  9. The Elwha river shouldn't be your go to for an example of everything working out splendidly.

    There have been 2 biohazard events, due to the river flooding and filling the pit toilets at camp grounds, spilling human waste into the river.

    The Highway 101 bridge has been undermined much faster than expected, and WSDOT has been scrambling to redesign and replace it before it loses structural integrity.

    The amount of erosion and land lost was much greater than calculated, and a good number of homes are being threatened.

    You showed stunning images of grizzly bears catching salmon, and rocky mountain elk drinking from a scenic river, while discussing this great outcome of the Elwha dams removal.

    Except the videos you were showing were not of the Elwha river.

  10. This seems foolish. Just like California overloading the electrical grid, shutting down more gas based fuels and closing nuclear. We need more nuclear. Its carbon friendly,lasts a long time, and doesn't pollute like gas , coal, and electric.

  11. Right on! Stopping the great conveyer belt will stop the rain and without water we all die. Refill Aquifers in the midwest and rest of the nation, we use melt water from Canada and pump it in using a water pipeline, similar to China and what they did in China.
    Then if we could get rid of a lot of the levee system in southern Louisiana and allow the Mississippi river to restore the wetlands we may save the U.S. restore this part of the great Turtle Island it to it's pristine state.
    That's what this indigenous person would like to see. Draining real swamps creates deserts ask an Egyptian !

  12. Need to come to Massachusetts and free the four towns that were stolen for the Quabbin Reservoir. Free dana free Greenwich free endfield free Prescott

  13. You should assess which and how many dams are unnecessary first. It’s not fair to just give image. We prefer green.. but water scarcity is getting sever.

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