Today on Your Call: What do big dams do to communities and ecosystems?

Mar 14, 2013


On today's Your Call, we’ll mark International Day of Action for Rivers by talking about how big dam projects are impacting rivers worldwide.  According to the Berkeley-based group, International Rivers, roughly two-thirds of the world's rivers have suffered harm from the 50,000 large dams that have been built over the past century.  What is this doing to nearby communities, ecosystems, and the planet as a whole?  Join us at 10am Pacific Time or post a comment here.  Have dams affected rivers near you?  It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and You.

Guests:

Steve Rothert, director of American Rivers' California Regional Office 

Kate Ross, program associate and Patagonia coordinator with International Rivers 

Christian Poirier, Brazil consultant for Amazon Watch

Resources:

Film: DamNation 

Water Online: 65 Dams Removed To Restore Rivers In 2012

SF Gate: International Rivers gets a MacArthur prize

California CoastKeeper 

The Record Searchlight: McCloud River takes central role in dam-raising proposal 

International Rivers: Rivers in Crisis 

International Rivers: 2013 Actions & Stories

International Rivers: Every River Has a Story -- Tell your River story here!

Amazon Watch: Stop the Belo Monte Monster Dam 

Vimeo: Streams of Consequence (trailer) 

American Rivers: American Rivers Opposes Raising Shasta Dam 

American Rivers: Under Attack: The Wild And Scenic Merced River 

Beyond Searsville Dam 

Tuolomne River Trust 

Rios Libres 

YouTube: DAM/AGE: A Film with Arundhati Roy

Friends of River Narmada: THE GREATER COMMON GOOD by Arundhati Roy 

The Guardian: Google's power-hungry data centres