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dam removal

  • Dam Removal

    On the Elwha, dams came down, steelhead came back.

    Wild summer-run steelhead, once prolific in the Elwha, were functionally extinct before the dams were removed. Six years later, they were back.

    Life After Dams Part 1 of a series. This week, we’re telling stories about what happens when dams come out and life flows back in. It’s a vision of what could be on the lower Snake: a free-flowing river and wild fisheries staging a remarkable comeback. It is not always possible to restore wild places…

  • From the field Conservation

    Update from the Madison River: Anglers rally to save trout

    In the early hours of November 30th Hebgen Dam (the source of the Upper Madison) had malfunctioned, resulting a 70% drop in flows.

    Long-term effects of dam failure still TBD When my colleague Bill Pfeiffer and I pulled into Ennis, we were met with some familiar sights. The grocery store parking lot was overflowing with people grabbing a couple of sandwiches to take with them to the river. As we drove upriver 287 nearly every pullout, boat ramp,…

  • Conservation Dam Removal From the President

    Hope and resilience in the Garden State

    Imagine that, a native brook trout stream within sight of New York City.

    Hope and resilience. Those were the two words that stuck with me as I walked the miles-long trail with Chris Henrickson, the chapter president of the East Jersey chapter of TU. Eventually, we made our way to a small deteriorating dam. Behind the dam, water collects into a small reservoir, where it warms up under…

  • TU Business

    TU Business members stand strong on Lower Snake

    For months now, we’ve been featuring Trout Unlimited Business members who are supporting our efforts to Remove the Lower Four. We’ll continue to do so for some time to come. There are hundreds of these great businesses who are proud to stand with us on this, and we’re grateful for them. They come in all…

  • TU Business

    SweetWater Brewing Co. stands with TU on Lower Snake dam removal

    “SweetWater supports our friends over at TU in their mission of conservation and recovery of salmon and steelhead on the lower Snake River. Protecting healthy river ecosystems and a diversity of fish species ultimately means protecting the source of clean, quality water that turns into the downstream beer we enjoy. Because protecting our great outdoors is in our DNA – you just can’t make good beer without clean water.”

    Beer and fishing. They go together like lines and leaders. As every beer drinker knows, not all beers are the same. And not all brewers are the same. SweetWater Brewing Company in Atlanta, Ga., has made fly fishing and fly anglers the focus of their business. They’ve been a great TU Business Member and a…

  • TU Business

    WorldCast Anglers stands with TU on Lower Snake proposal

    “The headwaters of the Snake are our home waters,” said Dawkins. “We care passionately about this river from its high country beginnings all the way to the Pacific Ocean. The loss of salmon and steelhead runs in this iconic American river would be a tragedy for us all.”

    L to R: WCA President Mike Dawkins, VP Chris Littauer and COO Tyler Hallquist. Photo credit: WorldCast Anglers I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: One of the best parts of working at the junction of the fly fishing industry and conservation is the opportunity to meet and become friends with some of…