Free Rivers: The State of Dam Removal in the U.S.
Fifty-seven dams were removed in 2021, reconnecting more than 2,290 miles of rivers.
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Saving rivers isn’t a choice. It’s survival. Our vision is to keep rivers healthy and free while ensuring people have the water they need. We do it by protecting wild rivers, restoring damaged rivers and conserving clean water for people and nature.
Drought, floods and soaring temperatures threaten rivers, wildlife and people. Healthy, free-flowing rivers will be a community’s greatest strength in an era of climate change.
Too many rivers are choked with pollution and water supplies are at risk. Everyone deserves a healthy river and safe, clean water.
Thousands of dams are harming rivers nationwide. Removing dams and improving dam operations is vital to restoring the rivers that fish, wildlife and people depend on.
Our last wild rivers face a host of threats. Protecting these special places will ensure abundant wildlife and strong communities for generations to come.