The Lifecycle of Dams

Over 1,400 dams alter California’s rivers and streams, diverting flows and blocking fish from returning home. These dams are the biggest factor in the decline of native salmon and steelhead. It’s time to let wild fish return home. California Trout uses a science-based, collaborative approach to influence dam decisions that balance the needs of people and wild fish. Visit to learn more about three dam projects we’re currently involved in around the state — the Klamath Dams coming out in 2020; the Matilija Dam blocking the Ventura River – old, obsolete and dangerous; and PG&E’s Potter Valley Project on the Eel River – two hydroelectric dams up for relicensing in 2020.

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