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    Boom: Removing 81 Dams Is Transforming This California Watershed

    Boom: Removing 81 Dams Is Transforming This California Watershed

    Removing one gigantic dam can have a massive effect on restoring a river ecosystem. But bringing down more than 80 smaller dams? That can also cause a transformation. This spring the Forest Service, aided by U.S. Marine Corps members, will blast apart 13 more dams in the Trabuco ranger district in Southern California’s Cleveland National […]

    Giant Chinese Fish Is Now Extinct After Surviving Millions of Years

    Giant Chinese Fish Is Now Extinct After Surviving Millions of Years

    Scientists have concluded of the largest freshwater fish species in the world is now extinct because of human activity. The Chinese paddlefish, sometimes called the “panda of the Yangtze River,” was found to have been lost to overfishing and habitat destruction, Phys.org reported Wednesday. Its extinction was announced and documented by researchers at the Chinese […]

    Native American Tribes Oppose Colorado River Project on Navajo Land

    Native American Tribes Oppose Colorado River Project on Navajo Land

    A proposal to dam four parts of a Colorado River tributary for hydropower has drawn significant opposition from Native American tribes, environmentalists and regulatory agencies, according to the AP. Opponents of the project claim that the four dams would severely alter water flows in the main Colorado River in parts that run through Grand Canyon […]

    More Than 1,600 Hazardous Dams Pose Life-Threatening Risk to Americans

    More Than 1,600 Hazardous Dams Pose Life-Threatening Risk to Americans

    At least 1,688 dams across the U.S. are in such a hazardous condition that, if they fail, could force life-threatening floods on nearby homes, businesses, infrastructure or entire communities, according to an in-depth analysis of public records conducted by the the Associated Press. Over the course of two years, the publication reviewed data and reports […]

    Hydropower Dams Can Harm Coastal Areas Far Downstream

    Hydropower Dams Can Harm Coastal Areas Far Downstream

    By Paula Ezcurra and Octavio Aburto Thousands of hydroelectric dams are under construction around the world, mainly in developing countries. These enormous structures are one of the world’s largest sources of renewable energy, but they also cause environmental problems. Hydropower dams degrade water quality along rivers. Water that flows downstream from the dams is depleted […]