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Klamath dams top the list of 'Dams Out' targeted for removal in California

The West is famous for its free-flowing rivers. But it is also known as a place where many dams have been built to hold back the waters of many streams, and the trend now is more toward removal than construction.

California Trout is out with its 2022 "Dams Out" report, listing the top five dams targeted for removal. Two things to know: three of the five are in our part of California, and several of the top five are actually multiple dams.

In the case of the top of the list--the Klamath River dams--there are actually four dams, and one of them is in Oregon. The Scott Dam on the Eel River made the list, as did the array of dams on Battle Creek near Red Bluff.

CalTrout Executive Director Curtis Knight lays out the list and the reasons for wanting the dams out, in a JX interview.

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