Worldwide—and locally—there is a great deal of lake and river restoration and dam decommissioning activity and proposed activity. In the United States alone, where there are an estimated 75,000 dams, aging dams are being dismantled at the rate of 40 per year, with over 430 dams removed since 1999.
A notable recent lake and river restoration and dam decommissioning campaign is that concerning the Klamath River in Oregon and California.
The sites listed below document the rationale, scope and success of lake-, river- and forest-restoration and dam decommissioning activity worldwide.
Drain and restore Lake Pedder Facebook page by Neil Cripps has nearly 1400 members.
The mission of Restore Hetch Hetchy is to return the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park to its natural splendor – while continuing to meet the water and power needs of San Francisco and all other communities that depend on the Tuolumne River.
International Rivers – Through research, education and advocacy, International Rivers works to halt destructive river infrastructure projects, address the legacies of existing projects, improve development policies and practices, and promote water and energy solutions for a just and sustainable world.
International Rivers dam removal – International Rivers dam decommissioning page
Clearinghouse for Dam Removal Information – CDRI is an online repository for documents about proposed and completed dam removal projects across the United States of America. The goal of CDRI is to collect documents from government agencies, consulting firms, universities, and non-profit organizations so that those making decisions about dam removal can access all the information in one place.
Rivernet – European Rivers Network – Like the United States, Europe has a strong dam decommissioning and river restoration movement.
European Rivers Network – dam decommissioning – Rivernet’s dam decommissioning page
American Rivers – American Rivers is a leading United States conservation organisation and is focussed on healthy rivers. American Rivers protects and restores America’s rivers for the benefit of people, wildlife, and nature. Founded in 1973, it has more than 65,000 members and supporters and works in five key program areas including River Restoration.
Hydropower Reform Coalition – A coalition of more than 140 national, state and local conservation and recreation groups in the United States of America that care about rivers and work hard to protect them from harmful hydropower dams.
American Whitewater – American Whitewater restores rivers dewatered by hydropower dams, eliminates water degradation, improves public land management and protects public access to rivers for responsible recreational use.
Snowy River Alliance – The Snowy River Alliance is the peak body for the community and groups supporting the restoration of environmental flows to the Snowy River in New South Wales and Victoria (Australia).
World Commission on Dams – The World Commission on Dams (WCD) was an independent, international, multi-stakeholder process which addressed the controversial issues associated with large dams.
Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan – The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) provides a framework and guide to restore, protect and preserve the water resources of central and southern Florida, including the Everglades. It covers 16 counties over an 18,000-square-mile area. The Plan was approved in the Federal Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2000. It includes more than 60 elements, will take more than 30 years to construct and the current estimate in Oct 2007 US Dollars is $9.5 billion for projects. See also the Wikipedia article.
Restore the Earth Foundation creates an environmentally sustainable future and resilient communities.