Construction of large dams in the U.S. mostly came to a halt in the 1970s. Many are now unsafe, inefficient or no longer needed, requiring removal—events that geologists and biologists alike will follow closely to observe how these unimpeded rivers and their wildlife respond.
by the numbers
Dams removed in the 90 years before 2005.
Dams removed from 2006–2014.
Cubic meters of stored sediment released on removal of two dams (64- and 32-meter-high structures) in Washington State last year, the largest release to date.