Dam Removal

6 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Joseph R. Biden, Kamala Harris, Debra A. Haaland

Stand with Native Youth: Support Removal of the Snake River Dams

“America made a deal and promised that we would be able to fish forever. We can’t fish if there aren’t any salmon left.” – Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Youth Leadership Council in their letter to President Biden Stand with us in our call to President Biden to REMOVE the four lower Snake River dams and save salmon from extinction. Sign this petition and share it widely!  As members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Youth Leadership Council, we are calling on President Biden to remove the four lower Snake River dams. These dams impact our right to fish under the tribe’s treaty with the United States. If these dams aren’t removed soon, Snake River salmon will go extinct. Over the past two centuries, 400 barriers—including the four lower Snake River dams—have been built throughout the Columbia River basin, destroying traditional fishing sites and devastating salmon populations that Indigenous communities in the Northwest, like ours, have depended on for generations. The construction and continued operation of these dams violate our treaty fishing rights and the rights of many other tribes across the Northwest.  Not only are salmon a critical food source, they’re also a part of our spiritual and cultural identity. In our language we are the "Wy-Kan-Ush-Pum" (salmon people). "Wy-kan-ish" (salmon) are important for our sacred life renewal ceremonies, our daily food, and for our economy. The salmon that swim from the "Naxiyam Wana" (Snake River) and "Nchi’- Wana" (Columbia River), into the Pacific Ocean, are family to us. They are "Wy-kan-ush Naymuma" (our salmon relatives).  On June 9, 2021, we sent a letter calling on elected leaders and requesting a meeting with President Biden. We’ve been asked to wait for decades. Salmon are dying and we can't wait any longer.  Sign our petition and stand with us in our call on President Biden to remove the four lower Snake River dams and save salmon from extinction. Read the full letter to President Biden from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Youth Leadership Council here.  The extinction of salmon means the continued erasure of Native peoples and the destruction of Native culture. Without salmon, future generations will not inherit values and teachings that have been passed down for thousands of years. 

CTUIR Youth Leadership Council
15,686 supporters
Update posted 2 years ago

Petition to John M. Mudre,, Susan Kester

FERC/PG&E: Un-Dam the Eel River, Bring the Salmon Home

It is time to Un-Dam the Eel River  Two dams owned by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) on the Eel River, the Scott Dam and the Cape Horn, known collectively as the Potter Valley Project, are currently up for relicensing by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC project number P-77-001). This is a process that only happens every 50 years and this is the second relicensing for these dams, which produce only nine megawatts (about 3 windmills worth) of power.  Both public scoping hearings to receive public comments on the dams relicensing have happened out of basin and in non-fishing communities.  The Eel River is the third largest salmon-bearing river in California and once hosted up to 800,000 salmon a year, which supported the commercial fishing industry and Tribal subsistence fishing for the Wiyot, Round Valley, Bear River, Sherwood Valley, and other Tribes. Now fish numbers are about 1% of historical levels and subsistence, commercial and sport fishing opportunities have been strictly curtailed.  The Scott Dam blocks fish passage to between 55-89 miles of habitat for Chinook Salmon and198-288 miles of habitat for steelhead. This dam is very old, has no spillway and presents a safety risk for downstream users. It also creates toxic algae, warms water, and creates many other water quality impacts. The Cape Horn Dam diverts large amounts of water to the Russian River and is is also part of this project.  The dams on the Eel River are not the only issue impacting salmon in this rural watershed, however their removal would be a major step in restoring the Eel River fishery, and making sure Eel River salmon and trout survive the impacts of climate change. PG&E also uses dangerous chemicals to maintain vegetation around the dams on the Eel River.   

Save California Salmon !
8,232 supporters
Update posted 3 years ago

Petition to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

A River-Friendly and Fiscally Responsible Future for the New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam

The New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam (NSBLD) located on the Savannah River is in need of major rehabilitation. Studies are underway to determine a solution for its future, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are seeking input from local city officials, industry and the public in general before moving forward. The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) mitigation agreements require the construction of a passage for migratory fish species. The cost of that project is currently estimated at $36M, and existing models involved diverting the river around the failing lock and dam. New federal legislation allows the Corps of Engineers to explore using SHEP funds designated only for the fish passage to also address rehabilitation of the NSBLD, for which there is currently no source of funding.  Savannah Riverkeeper advocates for the construction of a rock dam in place of the current dam, as well as rehabilitation of the existing lock system, which would: Meet criteria for the required fish passage; Maintain the functions of pool and flood control the Lock & Dam has provided for upstream users;  Save millions in local funds by combining two projects; and  Pave the way to opportunities for enhanced river recreation and economic growth in the area.  Sign on to the petition to tell the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other decision-makers that you support this innovative and cost-effective solution for our Savannah River. 

Savannah Riverkeeper
516 supporters
Update posted 4 years ago

Petition to Kinnickinnic River Corridor Planning Committee, City Council - City of River Falls, SEH , Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Restore the Kinnickinnic River through Dam Removal

Help the Friends of the Kinni restore the Kinnickinnic River through dam removal! The City of River Falls, Wisconsin has undertaken the “Kinnickinnic River Corridor Planning Process”. As a part of this process, the City Council is scheduled to decide on February 27th, 2018 whether or not to surrender the City’s Federal dam license for the River Falls Hydroelectric Project (FERC #10489). Surrender of the license allows for subsequent river restoration through dam removal. We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge the Kinnickinnic River Corridor Planning Committee and the City Council of the City of River Falls to act now to adopt a plan that calls for surrender of the FERC license for the River Falls Hydroelectric Project (FERC #10489). As a part of the Kinni Corridor Planning Process, we further request that the plan include timely decommissioning of the hydroelectric facilities, and the complete restoration of the Kinnickinnic River through removal of BOTH the Upper “Junction Falls” Dam & the Lower “Powell Falls” Dam from the Kinnickinnic River. The Kinnickinnic River in River Falls, Wisconsin is the pride and joy of our community. Our City's Comprehensive Plan states: "The Kinnickinnic River is perhaps the finest coldwater resource in the Upper Midwest, if not in the entire United States. Designated as an Outstanding Water Resource by the Wisconsin DNR, the Kinnickinnic River (also known as the 'Kinni') is one of just two Class I trout streams in Wisconsin that flow through a City of 10,000. This natural gem is truly unique and the center piece of our community which is located on the falls of the Kinnickinnic River." And yet today our waterfalls are no more. (Learn more here.)Today, a diversion dam sits at the site of the former "Junction Falls" waterfall of the Kinnickinnic River. The ledges of our former waterfall sit dry today below the dam because the water which would otherwise cascade over our "Junction Falls" waterfall is instead diverted through a 200' long, 6’ x 6’ tube called a penstock in the side of the cliff, completely de-watering the river.There is no greater damage that can be done to a river than to remove all of the water from its banks!Furthermore, a full mile of our otherwise pristine, cold-water, world class trout stream is currently destroyed and buried below the stagnant, tepid waters impounded behind the two remaining dams in town. The two 15 acre impoundments (mill ponds) are completely silted in and do not provide any recreational opportunities nor valuable fish habitat.  The destruction these dams inflict on our beloved Kinni produces a meager 1% - 2% of the electricity our community consumes, through the generation of hydroelectricity at the 375 kWh facility. The complete restoration of the Kinnickinnic River through dam removal is a unique opportunity to: Make exceptional use of this public waterway resource Re-create the "Junction Falls" waterfall in the heart of the River Falls community Restore a full mile of world class trout stream Improve the water quality of the Lower Kinni Increase opportunities for recreational and white-water kayaking Create additional urban open green space Improve storm water management And bolster the vitality of our Main Street Community. Please help us FREE THE KINNI and Put the FALLS Back in River Falls!! Visit us on Facebook to learn more.

Friends of the Kinni
1,594 supporters