California Trout

California Trout is a non-profit conservation organization that strives to solve complex resource issues while balancing the needs of wild fish ...

The Current: The life (and death) cycle of dams and a new era of management

November 28, 2016

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Check out The Current, CalTrout's quarterly digital magazine, to learn about our work in dam removal and restoration. The vast majority of dams in California were built without any regard for fish and wildlife. Putting nature back into the mix is a complex and lengthy process. Though these projects will take years, CalTrout is committed to leading the charge on major dam projects, such as the Klamath dams on the North Coast and the Matilija dam in Southern California. Removing obsolete dams can be the single most beneficial action to restore wild fish abundance and spark ecosystem recovery by allowing fish to return home to their historic spawning grounds.