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On this week’s environmental update we’ll be talking with EarthFix Editor, David Steves, on the removal of dams in Washington. Two hydropower dams on Washington’s Elwha River, the Elwha and Glines Canyon dam are in the process of being removed because the benefits of keeping them outweigh the benefits of their removal. The Elwha is the largest dam to ever be removed in the U.S.

A similar dam removal could be in the future for four dams along the Klamath River. However, Congress first needs to pass a law allowing them to be removed. 

What questions do you have for David Steves about dams and their removal? How are you affected by the removal of the dams along the Klamath River? Do you support removing the Klamath River dams?


  • David Steves: Earthfix Editor at Oregon Public Broadcasting
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