Aerial view of a dam along the Klamath River

The Science of Saving Salmon as Klamath Dams Come Down

Scientists Test the Waters Amid the World’s Largest Dam Removal

The world’s largest dam removal in history is slated for 2023. Led by Indigenous tribes in partnership with organizations, lawyers, scientists and activists, the project will remove four dams, clearing the way for the lower Klamath River to flow freely for the first time in more than a century. 

The Institute of the Environment’s monthly seminar series recently brought together a panel of experts intimately tied to the project to discuss the history and outlook for these changes. Participants on the Feb. 8 panel were Brittani Orona, assistant professor of American Indian Studies at San Diego State University; Robert Lusardi of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences; Tommy Williams from NOAA Fisheries; Toz Soto, Karuk Tribe fisheries manager; Scott Williams, an attorney from Berkeley. 

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