Dams Out Videos
In February 2022, CalTrout launches our 2022 Top 5 Dams Out campaign. Along the way, we compiled some resourceful and engaging videos to help you understand why dam removal can be so crucial.
Rindge Dam Removal Update
Rindge Dam Removal Update - 2021
CalTrout is working with partners to remove Rindge Dam and restore Southern California steelhead populations. Learn more about the removal effort in our 2022 Dams Out Report.
Barrier Removal Project at Eagle Canyon
Battle Creek is an important watershed because of the year-round influence of coldwater springs. Historically, this habitat allows a diversity of Chinook salmon and steelhead to develop, but these species are now extirpated from the watershed and in danger of extinction because of fish passage barriers from development. CalTrout's project will be opening access to miles of spring-fed spawning and rearing habitat for Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon by removing a fish passage barrier located upstream of the Eagle Canyon Dam in the North Fork of the Battle Creek watershed. CalTrout will also expand our work on Battle Creek in an effort to remove all dams within anadromous reaches along the watershed. Learn more about CalTrout's dam removal efforts in our 2022 Dams Out Report.
Battle Creek Barrier Removal
Potter Valley Project
Potter Valley Project: Chance of a Lifetime
California Trout along with Two-Basin Solution partners, Humboldt County, Sonoma Water, Mendocino County Inland Water and Power Commission, and the Round Valley Indian Tribes call for the removal of Scott Dam, which blocks access for salmon and steelhead to nearly 300 miles of prime spawning and rearing habitat, as well as new facilities to enable continued diversion of water from the Eel to the Russian River. Prior to the construction of the Potter Valley Project and other human uses, the Eel River once saw salmon and steelhead runs of as many as one million fish annually. Today, most of these salmonid species are threatened or endangered. Removal of Scott Dam will improve conditions for fish in the Eel River and increase water supply reliability for communities in Mendocino, Marin, and Sonoma Counties. Learn more about CalTrout's dam removal efforts in our 2022 Dams Out Report.
Guardians of The River - Klamath River
In this film by American Rivers and Swiftwater Films, Indigenous leaders share why removing four dams to restore a healthy Klamath River is critical for clean water, food sovereignty and justice. “Guardians of the River” features Frankie Joe Myers, Vice Chair of the Yurok Tribe, Sammy Gensaw, director of Ancestral Guard, Barry McCovey, fisheries biologist with the Yurok Tribe, and members of the Ancestral Guard and Klamath Justice Coalition
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Guardians of the River
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Elwha Dam Removal
After Largest Dam Removal in U.S. History, This River Is Thriving
June 2, 2016 - Conservationists can now point to the largest dam removal project in the U.S. as a success story. The ecosystem of Washington's Elwha River has been thriving since the removal of its hydroelectric dam system. Recent surveys show dramatic recovery, especially in the near shore at the river's mouth, where the flow of sediment has created favorable habitat for the salmon population. A new generation of salmon species, some of which are endangered, are now present in the river. Some hope that the restoration of the Elwha River will become a shining example for the removal of dams across the U.S.
DamNation: The Problem with Hydropower
This film explores the evolution of our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of wild rivers. Produced by Matt Stoecker & Travis Rummel. Directed by Ben Knight & Travis Rummel.