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[Above: The 210 foot Glines Canyon Dam in Olympic National Park has illegally
blocked spawning habitat for an extraordinary chinook salmon run since
1927. Photo by Ben Knight/DamNation]

DamNation – A River Reestablishes Itself

By Katie Klingsporn   |   Jan 3, 2013 January 3, 2013

In September of 2011, machines began chipping away at the Elwha Dam in Washington’s lush Olympic Peninsula, kicking off the largest dam-removal project in United States history. The dam has since been completely removed from the section of the Elwha River it had occupied since 1913. Another dam upstream,… Read More

Broken Rivers: By the Numbers

Broken Rivers: By the Numbers

By Enviro editor   |   Dec 14, 2012 December 14, 2012

As Patagonia moves out of its Broken Rivers phase of the Our Common Waters environmental campaign, we wanted to take a look back at what was achieved in the last couple of years as it relates to broken rivers/dam removal. We often don’t… Read More

[Above: Washington’s White Salmon river was officially opened to boaters this month after the removal of the Condit Dam, and spawning salmon have already been spotted upstream for the first time in a century. Photos by Ben Knight/DamNation]

DamNation – Free-Flowing Again

By Katie Klingsporn   |   Nov 30, 2012 November 30, 2012

A little over a year ago, a 125-foot-tall dam stood in Washington’s White Salmon River, a concrete plug with a serene reservoir at its back and a trickle of river spilling out downstream. But it’s hard to tell that today. The Condit Hydroelectric Dam, which was built in the… Read More

[Above: Executive Producer of DamNation and Patagonia founder, Yvon Chouinard, has long been an advocate of dam busting and protecting free flowing rivers. Photo: Tim Davis.]

America: the DamNation

By Katie Klingsporn   |   Oct 30, 2012 October 30, 2012

Despite their imposing numbers and size, most people never give dams a second thought. Patagonia founder and owner Yvon Chouinard is not one of those people. When he sees dams, he sees broken waterways, an antiquated way of thinking and a means of generating energy… Read More

[Photo: Mark Emery]

The Whole Altar

By Nate Gray   |   Jul 11, 2012 July 11, 2012

The early morning stillness is broken by a whining sound. I can barely detect it over the sound of the river whispering past. I re-set to cast and send the big black leech cross current to the far bank. I mend the line and settle in for the short drift. The light… Read More

Save Our wild Salmon

Save Our wild Salmon

By Pat Ford   |   May 22, 2012 May 22, 2012

by 2012 marks the Save Our wild Salmon Coalition’s 20th birthday – and the 14th year we have worked with Patagonia. Apart from commercial and sport fishing industry associations within SOS itself, Patagonia is the longest-running business partner in our work. Our work is to… Read More

Putting Water Back

Putting Water Back

By Eric Unmacht   |   Apr 23, 2012 April 23, 2012

Patagonia’s Our Common Waters campaign isn’t only about demolishing dams. The impact of a dam on rivers and ecosystems lingers well past their expiration date, so removing them is still necessary in many cases. But that’s the work of remedying our past mistakes. The… Read More

The Penobscot River Restoration Project

The Penobscot River Restoration Project

By Topher Browne   |   Apr 3, 2012 April 3, 2012

by Topher Browne In September, 2011, The Cleanest Line reported the demise of two dams on the Elwha River in Washington State. Currently the largest dam removal project on the continent, the demolition of the 108-foot Elwha Dam and the 210-foot Glines Canyon Dam will allow five species… Read More

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