The Cleanest Line
Katie Klingsporn

Katie Klingsporn

Katie Klingsporn is a journalist and editor who writes about life in the West. She lives in Wyoming with her family, where she works as the managing editor of the nonprofit news site WyoFile.

Articles

Across the valley from the 18 Road trail system—home of the ultra-iconic Zippity Do Dah —is Kokopelli’s  Trail, another Fruita classic. Mary’s Loop is just a part of the loop, but the views of the Colorado River make it a standout, especially at sunset. Photo: Carl Zoch

“Life of Pie”: Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller Q&A

Aug 15, 2019 August 15, 2019

In a fossil-rich corner of western Colorado, set against lush agricultural fields, the big-box stores of Grand Junction and the sandstone formations of the Colorado National Monument, you’ll find Fruita. These days, the town is an international mountain-biking destination known for its ribbony, high-desert trails, technical routes overlooking the Colorado… Read More

[Above: The one and only Katie Lee, outside her home in Jerome, Arizona after her interview for DamNation this fall. Photo: Ben Knight]

DamNation – The Grand Dame of Dam Busting

Apr 25, 2013 April 25, 2013

Folk-singer, desert goddess, rabble-rouser and all-out spitfire Katie Lee has been raging against Glen Canyon Dam and its reservoir, Lake Powell, for more than 50 years. And she’s not slowing down. Lee, who is featured in DamNation, a documentary film produced… Read More

[Hidden behind the fences of Stanford’s Jasper Ridge Biological
Preserve, Searsville Dam creates a stagnant reservoir where algae and
non-native species thrive while steelhead and other threatened species
are trapped downstream. Photo: Matt Stoecker]

DamNation – Stanford’s Dam Dilemma

Feb 25, 2013 February 25, 2013

Matt Stoecker spent his childhood tromping around in the creeks of the San Franciquito watershed where he grew up, hunting for frogs, fishing and exploring. One day in the mid-90s, he found himself below the 65-foot-tall Searsville Dam on the Corte Madera Creek when he… Read More

[Above: The 210 foot Glines Canyon Dam in Olympic National Park has illegally
blocked spawning habitat for an extraordinary chinook salmon run since
1927. Photo by Ben Knight/DamNation]

DamNation – A River Reestablishes Itself

Jan 3, 2013 January 3, 2013

In September of 2011, machines began chipping away at the Elwha Dam in Washington’s lush Olympic Peninsula, kicking off the largest dam-removal project in United States history. The dam has since been completely removed from the section of the Elwha River it had occupied since 1913. Another dam upstream,… Read More

[Above: Washington’s White Salmon river was officially opened to boaters this month after the removal of the Condit Dam, and spawning salmon have already been spotted upstream for the first time in a century. Photos by Ben Knight/DamNation]

DamNation – Free-Flowing Again

Nov 30, 2012 November 30, 2012

A little over a year ago, a 125-foot-tall dam stood in Washington’s White Salmon River, a concrete plug with a serene reservoir at its back and a trickle of river spilling out downstream. But it’s hard to tell that today. The Condit Hydroelectric Dam, which was built in the… Read More

[Above: Executive Producer of DamNation and Patagonia founder, Yvon Chouinard, has long been an advocate of dam busting and protecting free flowing rivers. Photo: Tim Davis.]

America: the DamNation

Oct 30, 2012 October 30, 2012

Despite their imposing numbers and size, most people never give dams a second thought. Patagonia founder and owner Yvon Chouinard is not one of those people. When he sees dams, he sees broken waterways, an antiquated way of thinking and a means of generating energy… Read More