Dams Un-Dammed

GUESTS: MARK REISNER Author, Cadillac Desert : The American West and Its Disappearing Water Consultant to West coast commercial fisherman on dam removal proposal OTHER GUESTS TBA There was a time in America when dams were a symbol of progressthey provided electricity and aided water management, opening new areas forpeople to safely live and farm. But today, environmental groups which used to support dams now claim they create serious ecological damage that outweighs the benefits they provide. This summer, the Edwards dam on Maine's Kennebec River was taken down, and a proposal to breach four dams on Washington's Snake River marks a clear change in national priorities. Join Melinda Penkava and guests as they explore the radical shift toward breaching rather than building dams, on the next Talk of the Nation for NPR News.

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