Environmentalists and dam operators, at war for years, start making peace

Facing a climate crisis, environmental groups and industry agree to work together to bolster hydropower while reducing harm from dams.
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A dam removal reunites a Mass. neighborhood with the Housatonic River

A long-dormant dam along the Housatonic river was removed recently. A dried branch of the river will now wind through a neighborhood in Pittsfield for the first time in decades.

Coming home to the Klamath

A genetic discovery may help restore chinook salmon to reopening river habitats.


With dam removals, Maine brought back its historic alewife runs

Maine pioneered dam removal to restore salmon runs. Now millions of fish, among them alewives, are swimming upriver again to inland spawning grounds.

A dam comes down — and tribes, cities, salmon and orcas could all benefit

You may not have heard much about the long fight to remove the Nooksack Dam near Bellingham, Washington, but its detonation this week will prove ecologically and culturally important.

Largest US dam removal stirs debate over coveted West water

The second-largest river in California has sustained Native American tribes with plentiful salmon for millennia, provided upstream farmers with irrigation water for generations and served as a haven for retirees who built dream homes along its banks.


Freshwater species are disappearing fast — this year is critical for saving them

Scientists and policymakers have developed a time-sensitive plan to help save ailing freshwater ecosystems and imperiled species. 

Boom: Removing 81 dams is transforming this California watershed

The innovative project could aid endangered native species — and provide a useful roadmap for other dam-removal efforts.

$245M cleanup of Kalamazoo River Superfund site: ‘It’s a huge deal’

Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) leftover from processes at paper mills operating on the river beginning in the 1950s is the primary concern targeted in the cleanup.


On the Northwest’s Snake River, the case for dam removal grows

As renewable energy becomes cheaper than hydropower and the presence of dams worsens the plight of salmon, pressure is mounting in the Pacific Northwest to take down four key dams on the lower Snake River that critics say have outlived their usefulness.

Rafting the Klamath River ahead of the biggest dam removal in history

The Klamath is both an important source of irrigation water and critical spawning ground for steelhead, lamprey and five species of Pacific salmon.


Kennebec Dam removal signaled new era for rivers

Once considered only for their industrial uses, the waterways are now seen as community assets for other reasons.

How removing one Maine dam 20 years ago changed everything

The removal of the Edwards Dam on Maine’s Kennebec River helped river conservationists reimagine what’s possible.

Can Paulette Jordan rise above Idaho's partisan rules?

If she wins, the 38-year-old Democrat would become the country's first Native American governor. Can a moderate still win in Trump's America? Idaho is about to find out.

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My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

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