27 Jul '11, 11am

Don’t dam Atlantic fisheries to extinction

Start with this dam thing on the Great Works River. Photo: InAweOfGod'sCreation Here at Grist we love infrastructure, from fixing it , to expanding it , to coming up with creative ways to reuse it. Over at The Atlantic , writer Paul Greenberg (of Four Fish fame) touts another alternative : tearing it down. Specifically, Greenberg argues for dismantling the long-standing network of prominent river dams that have far outlived their usefulness. Throughout the United States, there are tens of thousands of dams that today serve absolutely no purpose whatsoever. Most of them were built on streams and rivers during the Industrial Revolution, providing mechanical hydropower to textile mills and other private manufacturers, primarily in the Northeast. But as manufacturing moved away from New England during the 20th century, many of the companies that built and maintained these dams...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/animals/2011-07-27-dont-dam-atlantic...

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Don’t dam Atlantic fisheries to extinction

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