The Cleanest Line


Above: Old growth forests and the confluence of Kosina Creek and the Susitna River would be submerged under the reservoir created by the proposed dam. Photo: Matt Stoecker

DamNation – Susitna: Alaska’s Mega Dam(n) Proposal

By Matt Stoecker and Travis Rummel   |   Oct 23, 2013 October 23, 2013

The Susitna is a huge glacial river that drains the indomitable Alaska Range. Denali looms on the horizon. One of America’s last great, wild, undammed rivers, it is home to large numbers of king, sockeye, pink, coho and chum salmon, which push through its heavy currents to spawn in… Read More

[Above: Co-director Travis Rummel in the field during the filming of DamNation. All photos courtesy of DamNation]

DamNation – 80,000 Dams, 51 Interviews and One Film

By Katie Klingsporn   |   Jul 19, 2013 July 19, 2013

In July of 2011, Felt Soul Media filmmakers, Ben Knight and Travis Rummel, packed camera gear, computers and a few changes of clothing into a borrowed Sportsmobile van, braced themselves for a whole lot of time together and hit the road. It was the beginning… Read More

[Above: The one and only Katie Lee, outside her home in Jerome, Arizona after her interview for DamNation this fall. Photo: Ben Knight]

DamNation – The Grand Dame of Dam Busting

By Katie Klingsporn   |   Apr 25, 2013 April 25, 2013

Folk-singer, desert goddess, rabble-rouser and all-out spitfire Katie Lee has been raging against Glen Canyon Dam and its reservoir, Lake Powell, for more than 50 years. And she’s not slowing down. Lee, who is featured in DamNation, a documentary film produced… Read More

[Hidden behind the fences of Stanford’s Jasper Ridge Biological
Preserve, Searsville Dam creates a stagnant reservoir where algae and
non-native species thrive while steelhead and other threatened species
are trapped downstream. Photo: Matt Stoecker]

DamNation – Stanford’s Dam Dilemma

By Katie Klingsporn   |   Feb 25, 2013 February 25, 2013

Matt Stoecker spent his childhood tromping around in the creeks of the San Franciquito watershed where he grew up, hunting for frogs, fishing and exploring. One day in the mid-90s, he found himself below the 65-foot-tall Searsville Dam on the Corte Madera Creek when he… Read More

[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

[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

Journey Through a Scroll Painting

Journey Through a Scroll Painting

By Dave Campbell   |   Oct 26, 2011 October 26, 2011

by Dave Campbell From standing guard over endangered sea-turtle eggs, to mapping oceanic pollution and starting one of the West's most successful wilderness protection organizations, our Environmental Internship Program provides Patagonia employees with opportunities to participate in the fight to protect the Earth's resources. It's been a while… Read More

Don’t Dam Patagonia: Now Is the Time to Dig In

Don’t Dam Patagonia: Now Is the Time to Dig In

By Craig Childs   |   Jul 5, 2011 July 5, 2011

As the new Patagonia catalog hits your mailbox, we asked Craig Childs the author of " [Taking the power of the Rio Baker's still-wild waters. All photos: ©James Q Martin] We did good work down there – interviews and camera lenses. We sat in a bishop's house… Read More

Stew-Pot Protest at Patagonia Headquarters for a Patagonia Without Dams – Take Action Today [Updated]

Stew-Pot Protest at Patagonia Headquarters for a Patagonia Without Dams – Take Action Today [Updated]

By Jim Little   |   May 20, 2011 May 20, 2011

We came armed with double boilers, frying pans and casserole pots. Banging on cookware in noisy opposition to the proposed construction of five mega-dams in Chile’s wild Aysén region, about 500 employees from Patagonia’s worldwide operations joined the wave of worldwide protests against the proposed industrialization of… Read More