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One Year Later, Filmmakers Find Dam Removal Has Captured the Public’s Imagination

A year after their award-winning film came out, the DamNation filmmakers share a look at the growing public support for “deadbeat” dam removal in the U.S. This past summer, a demolition crew used a battery of explosives to destroy the last section of the 210-foot-tall Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River in northwestern Washington…

Opinion: A Dam for Canada’s Peace River Valley?

Jenny Nichols is a filmmaker focused on global conservation issues. Xavier Beam is standing in his backyard on the banks of the Peace River in British Columbia, Canada. He’s holding a fishing pole and shading his eyes to watch his younger brothers paddling in a tiny canoe. I ask him about the proposed Site C…

New Film DamNation Takes Aim at Bringing Down Deadbeat Dams

Two filmmakers went on a three-year adventure to understand what it takes to restore free-flowing rivers. It starts with removing deadbeat dams. In the summer of 2011, Colorado-based filmmakers Travis Rummel and Ben Knight hit the road in a borrowed camper van with  a laundry list of dams, a quiver of cameras, and a dream…

Nobody’s River: Transitioning to Russia’s Amur River

Editor’s Note: On April 7, the Nobody’s River team began a very different kind of journey. Becca Dennis’ longtime partner,  Zach Orman, was in a terrible paragliding accident. He passed away a few hours later at the age of 28. After a month in Mongolia, Becca realized her own journey had changed once again. While the…

Rios Libres Video #4: Keeping Patagonia’s Rivers Wild – The People’s Movement

This is part 4 of 4 in the Rios Libres video series. The goal of the series is to highlight four different aspects of the fight against five proposed dams in Chile’s Patagonia region. Each video is accompanied by articles written by experts in the field. A new video will launch each Monday in June.…

Rios Libres Video #3 – Alternatives to Damming Patagonia’s Wildest Rivers

This is part 3 of 4 in the Rios Libres video series. The goal of the series is to highlight four different aspects of the fight against five proposed dams in Chile’s Patagonia region. Each video is accompanied by articles written by experts in the field. A new video will launch each Monday in June.…

Rios Libres Video #2: The History of the Dam

This is part 2 of 4 in the Rios Libres video series. The goal of the series is to highlight four different aspects of the fight against five proposed dams in Chile’s Patagonia region. Articles written by experts in the field will accompany each video. The videos will launch each Monday in June. It was…

Rios Libres Video #1: Keeping Patagonian Rivers Wild – The People

This is part 1 of 4 in the Rios Libres video series. The goal of the series is to highlight four different aspects of the fight against five proposed dams in Chile’s Patagonia region. Articles written by experts in the field will accompany each video. The videos will launch each Monday in June. This video…

Rios Libres Filmmaker Returns to Chile Seeking Answers – Interview with James Q Martin

In 2010, photographer, James Q Martin and I joined forces to begin Rios Libres, a non-profit dedicated to keeping Chilean Patagonia wild. Reading about a proposal to place five major dams on the Baker and Pascua, two pristine rivers in the heart of Patagonia, inspired us to take action. We headed to Chile with an…