What's all the Dam Fuss? The Army Corps Plays with Willamette's Water Flows

Todd Cooper
Eugene Weekly | December 3, 2009
The Army Corps of Engineers teaming up with The Nature Conservancy to change the way the river flows as part of their “Sustainable Rivers Project." The alliance will experiment with the way the Corps manages flows of water from the dams to see if it might alter the future for the fish and the river’s ecosystem. With TNC’s reputation for bowing to big business and the Corps’ bedraggled renown for bad projects like the “monumental negligence” that led to the flooding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, it’s hard not to look at that particular pairing without some skepticism. But can the unlikely pairing improve the river, or is the Sustainable Rivers Project a greenwash scheme to make dammed rivers look better?

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