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What Patagonia’s “Our Common Waters” Campaign Has Achieved, by the Numbers

Enviro editor  /  2 Min Read  /  Activism


As Patagonia moves out of its Broken Rivers phase of
the Our Common Waters environmental campaign, we wanted to take a look back at
what was achieved in the last couple of years as it relates to broken
rivers/dam removal. We often don’t take the time to consider these events
during or after the course of our campaigns. So, with that in mind, please look
at the following list of accomplishments that happened with the hard work of
thousands of citizens across our land.

  • Dams taken down in 2012: 53 and
  • Major dams removed in Washington: 3 – The Condit Dam on the White
    Salmon River, Elwha Dam and Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River
  • Size of the
    Glines Canyon Dam – in terms of all dams removed in human history: Largest, at
    210 feet
  • Number of miles of river habitat that Atlantic salmon will be able
    to access thanks to ongoing Penobscot River dam removals in Maine: 1,000
  • Number of river herring traveling upriver on the Kennebec in Maine before
    removal of the Edwards Dam: 200,000
  • Number of herring returning to the river
    after removal of the dam: 3 million
  • Number of emails sent to members of
    Congress regarding Congressman Hasting’s "worst dam bill ever" to prevent federal funding for
    dam removal: over 8,000 (opposed)
  • Number of actions taken, encouraging NOAA
    to continue funding the Community-based Restoration Program and the Open Rivers
    Initiative: 10,394 (since 2005 these government programs have removed dams and
    culverts, restored rivers and freed up passages for wild fish)
  • Number of emails sent to protest two boondoggle dam
    and reservoir 
proposals on the Chattahoochee River, listed as one of the 10
Endangered Rivers of 2012 by American Rivers: 3,352
  • Number of dams in the U.S. labeled “high” or
    “significant hazard” by the Army Corps of Engineers: over 26,000

For more, see all blog posts from the Our Common Waters campaign.

[Photo: Instructions for removal of the Matilija Dam, Ventura County, California. From "We're Just Getting Started: Elwha and Condit Establish Dam Removal Momentum"]

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