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Why The US Is Removing Dams

The documentary Damnation explores the origins of America’s push to build dams, asks which ones still make sense and explains why the US is removing dams

Originally Published on Clean Technica

By Kyle Field

There is a battle going on between green factions over our rivers: those who want to harness the immense power of the earth’s waterways to generate clean, renewable hydroelectricity are at odds with others who are working to remove dams to allow fish to swim freely in unshackled rivers, leaving nature alone to restore balance to the impacted ecosystems. With all of our focus here at CleanTechnica on the clean energy benefits of hydroelectric power generation from dams and how they combat man-caused climate change, I was eager to hear some facts from the other side of the coin by way of a documentary about dam removal “for the environment.”

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Demolition of the San Clemente Dam

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1With California in the midst of the worst drought in its’ recorded history, it sounds like a strange thing for elected officials, conservation groups and community leaders to celebrate. The demolition of the San Clemente Dam is different.

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The Man Who Made Standing On Sacred Ground

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Sacred places are the oldest form of protected areas on the planet. In my interview with filmmaker, Christopher McLeod we talked about the importance of sacred places to indigenous cultures and the message his documentary series Standing on Sacred Ground has for EuroAmerican culture, the California drought and the Alberta oilsands.

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Behind Standing on Sacred Ground

Connections And Climate Change

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Christopher McLeod was disturbed by the environmental injustice. He saw Native Americans subjected to airborne coal pollution, and their water being taken for slurry lines. The Hopi elders told him there was a spiritual side to the injustice. These violations were taking place within a network of sacred places that their people had preserved for countless generations. These consisted of a sacred mountain, sacred springs that gave the Hopi life, and their ancestral burial grounds. The elders told him the cause of the West’s environmental crises is the disconnect from their spiritual link to the earth. This has become the message behind Standing on Sacred Ground, a four part documentary which can be seen on the WORLD Channel, Sundays at 9:00 PM (ET) until June 14, 2015.

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Raising Shasta Dam is “Massive Waste of Taxpayer Money”

The ECOreport reposts a Call on the California Water Commission to Heed Federal Findings, Raising Shasta Dam is “Massive Waste of Taxpayer Money”

Originally Published on Restore the Delta

Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s plan to build Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today called upon the California Water Commission to reject funding the raising of Shasta Dam. A recent US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) report was highly critical of a proposal to raise the height of Shasta Dam, the US Bureau of Reclamation’s main reservoir in the Central Valley Project northwest of Redding. The USFWS found that the project would harm fish habitat in the Delta and Yolo Bypass, as well as around Shasta Lake, and along the length of the Sacramento River.

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Federal Fish Agency Opposes Shasta Dam Raise

Originally Published on the Fishsniffer, Indybay.com & Daily KOS 

by Dan Bacher

The Winnemem Wintu Tribe, fishing groups and environmentalists have been fighting a federal plan to raise Shasta Dam for many years, since the 18-1/2 foot proposed dam raise would flood many of the Tribe’s remaining sacred sites and further imperil salmon and steelhead populations on the Sacramento River.
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Winnemem Wintu Call Shasta Dam A Weapon of Mass Destruction

Originally published on Indybay.com and the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

For the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and National Park Service, the 602 foot-high Shasta Dam on the Sacramento River north of Redding is a keystone of the Central Valley Project and a monument to engineering skill.

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War Dance At Shasta Dam

The ECOreport reposts the Winnemem Wintu’s response to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s proposal to Dam the Indians – War Dance at Shasta Dam

Press Release from the Winnemem Wintu Tribe

Redding, CA September 11, 2014 –The Winnemem (McCloud River) Wintu Tribe will hold a “War Dance” at Shasta Dam, north of Redding, Calif., beginning September 11th through September 15th. The War Dance is in response to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s proposal to raise the dam, which threatens to submerge many Winnemem sacred sites and village areas. The Winnemem lost much of their homelands and their salmon when the dam was first constructed.

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Environmental Water Caucus: Shasta Reservoir Study is a Sham

Originally published in the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation recently published the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for a controversial plan to increase the storage capacity of Shasta Reservoir on the Sacramento River by raising the dam height 18.5 feet, a project strongly opposed by the Winnemem Wintu Tribe and conservation groups.
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Winnemem Wintu say No to Shasta Dam raise, Twin Tunnels

Originally published on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

Over 30 people, including members of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, Hoopa Valley Tribe and their allies, protested government plans to raise Shasta Dam and build the peripheral tunnels under the Delta in front of the Visitors Center at the dam on Saturday, September 21 as the first rain of the fall poured down on them.

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