Why remove a dam? Is the decision an environmental or economic one? In a state that is rich with water resources, the topic of dam removal has proved to be extremely controversial. With restoration of salmon populations as one well publicized aspect, author and scientist, Dennis Dauble, discusses other important components of the process and the decision of whether to remove a dam. He explores dam removal as both economic and environmental decisions, and also dives into long-term implications. He shares several case studies of dam removal projects and weighs the economic, social, and ecological risks and rewards of dam removal. Dauble also discusses the history of dam construction in the Pacific Northwest, emphasizing water storage and hydro-electric projects that have accompanied population growth in the 20th century in this timely and enlightening discussion.
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