Deschutes River, OR | © Scott Butner

Deschutes River, OR | © Scott Butner

Improving Hydropower Dams Benefits Rivers

Dams hurt rivers. They block a river’s flow and harm water quality, fish and wildlife, and recreational opportunities. In some cases where a dam is outdated, unsafe, or has outlived its usefulness, American Rivers advocates for dam removal. But in many cases, keeping a working hydropower dam in place makes sense. And with some upgrades to the dam and its operations, we can make hydropower safer for rivers.

If you'd like to see solutions like this on other rivers, please sign our petition supporting improving the performance of hydropower dams.