The parents behind the now award-winning documentary, DamNation, are asking extra folks to signal a petition calling on President Obama to start eradicating out of date dams all through the US. The petition’s preliminary goal is 4 dams on the decrease Snake River in Washington state.
In accordance with the petition, “Snake River salmon and steelhead as soon as thrived, with as much as 30 million wild fish getting into the mouth of the Columbia River yearly. Now, each Snake River salmon inventory is on the endangered species checklist or extinct.”
The 4 dams, which embrace the Ice Harbor Dam, Decrease Monumental Dam, Little Goose Dam and Decrease Granite Dam, are widely known to be outdated and doers of much more hurt than good. In accordance with DamNation’s creators, these “federally operated dams value taxpayers hundreds of thousands yearly, degrade water high quality and impede salmon migration to and from the healthiest habitat remaining within the decrease 48 states, whereas offering no flood management and little irrigation.”
Because it started screening earlier this 12 months, DamNation has obtained many accolades, together with the Viewers Selection Award on the 2014 SXSW movie pageant. The movie — from celebrated documentary filmmakers Ben Knight and Journey Rummel — was financed by Patagonia, whose founder Yvon Chouinard is a ardent supporter of dam elimination.
Chouinard has acknowledged that “from an early age we’re taught that we’re answerable for cleansing up our personal mess. However this lesson additionally applies to our house planet. After we despoil a spot with poisonous waste, change our local weather with fossil fuels or construct a damaging and soon-to-be ineffective dam, we now have the accountability to wash it up and make all of it complete and pure once more. Again and again, I’ve witnessed how eradicating an pointless dam is the accountable, and finally celebrated, alternative.”