This joint webinar between SERCAL and SER discussed dam removal processes by taking an in-depth view of the Klamath Dam Removal project — a project that will be the largest dam removal and river restoration project in U.S. history. Dam removal is set to begin as early as 2020 and is the culmination of various groups coming to the table and putting the restoration of natural resources ahead of the imperiled status quo.
Dams have served a multitude of purposes — from producing hydroelectric power to providing recreation, flood management, and irrigation, to improving lands for development. At the same time, these concrete or earthen dams have extirpated aquatic species from their natal breeding and spawning habitat. By removing a dam when its costs outweighs its benefits, we can begin to improve flows for fish and other wildlife as well as restore a more natural sediment or nutrient flow.
Speakers Craig Tucker and Michael Belchik have represented the Karuk and Yurok tribes’ involvement during the planning process of the Klamath Dam removal. For over 14 years, Craig Tucker served as the Natural Resources Policy Advocate for the Karuk Tribe, working on a wide range of issues that affect Karuk cultural and environmental resources, and focugin much of his efforts on the removal of the lower four Klamath River Dams. Michael Belchik is currently the Senior Biologist for the Klamath River Division.