Chiloquin Dam

By: Jesse Carmine

           The construction of dams has been a widespread practice in many states across the west. The structures provide water during droughts, water to irrigate crops, and water to generate electricity. However, these dams can also have devastating impacts on the aquatic ecosystems in which they are built. Their placement in rivers can raise water temperatures, degrade riparian ecosystems, and close off critical spawning habitat for many species of migrating fish. These negative impacts have led to the debate over whether these dams should remain in our rivers or be removed to repair the harm they have caused. Chiloquin Dam is one of the many structures at the center of this debate.


History of Chiloquin Dam

Chiloquin Dam, 1920


Chiloquin Dam in 2007


The Future of Chiloquin Dam


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