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The Growing Tide Of Dam Removals

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region, https://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwsnortheast/16721541247/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51937935
Removal of an old dam in Virginia.

Dam removal continues to generate controversy in our region. Proponents see restored ecosystems and fish runs.

Opponents see diminished irrigation water for agriculture, and a loss of beloved recreational lakes. Peter Brewitt examines the politics of dam removal in his new book, Same River Twice: The Politics of Dam Removal and River Restoration.

The book looks at removal efforts of high and low controversy, from the Savage Rapids Dam on the Rogue to the Marmot Dam on the Sandy.  Peter Brewitt visits with highlights.  

LINK: the National Dam Removal Database keeps track of destruction and construction.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. John Baxter is the senior producer, Angela Decker is the producer and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.