Hoover Dam | US Bureau of Reclamation The iconic Hoover Dam went into service on October 9, 1936 to manage the Colorado River water supply for cities of the Southwest and to irrigate the region’s farmland. It also generates hydroelectricity, which is sold to the states of Nevada and Arizona, Southern California Edison Co., the… Read more »
PG&E is touting its commitment to environmental stewardship – so why are they supporting harmful hydropower legislation?
Removal of Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River – August 15, 2014 | NPS What will 3,700 more new dams do that 48,000 existing ones haven’t already done? Invite more problems. According to a new study done by researchers in Europe, the 3,700 new dams under construction or planned for construction around the world… Read more »
Read the California conservation groups’ letter opposing HR8 Read the State of California’s letter opposing HR8 (Sacramento, CA) – Ten California conservation organizations today joined the State Water Control Board in voicing serious concerns over legislation that puts hydropower dam owners’ profits before clean water protections and the state’s authority. A new amendment by Reps…. Read more »
Beginning in the mid-1800s, hundreds of dams were built on California rivers. Many were first built to use in gold mining, but now most are used for hydropower generation and water supply. In the next decade, the licenses for 150 dams that affect hundreds of miles of streams will expire and the dam owners must… Read more »
Englebright Dam on the Yuba River | Amit Patel (Washington, DC) American Rivers today urged the House Energy and Commerce Committee to reject proposed legislation that would weaken or eliminate current state and federal resource agency authority over hydropower dams while handing increased responsibility for dam management to an already overworked federal commission. This proposed… Read more »
More than 200 groups agree: The hydropower industry’s bill is “an unprecedented assault on our nation’s rivers and the people and wildlife that depend upon them.”
Dams hurt rivers. They block a river’s flow and harm water quality, fish and wildlife, and recreational opportunities. In some cases where a dam is outdated, unsafe, or has outlived its usefulness, American Rivers advocates for dam removal. But in many cases, keeping a working hydropower dam in place makes sense. And with some upgrades… Read more »
What if the old hydropower dam that is killing fish and drying up your local river could be improved and brought up to modern environmental standards? What if there was a way to get the dam owner to release more water into the river, provide public access to recreate on the river, or help fish… Read more »
Behind all of the talking points about clean and green energy, the truth is that the hydropower industry’s so-called “Unlock Hydro” bill is an attack on healthy rivers and your rights.