Lessons From the World's Largest Dam Removal

This week's investigative reporting, analysis and environmental news.
The Revelator

No. 48, Oct. 4, 2018

Hello Revelator readers,

Removing the two dams from the Elwha River in Washington state took years of advocacy, political wrangling and scientific studies. But after all that hard work, the river today runs free — and the ecosystem around it is coming back strong. Salmon have returned, as have dozens of other species. As Tara Lohan writes this week, the success on the Elwha River provides lessons for future dam removals around the country.

Switching from water to fire — how do we cope with this country's wildfires in the face of climate change, never-ending development and shrinking budgets? We talked with expert Stephen Pyne, who answered five burning questions about fire.

Looking for a new book to read? Our latest "Revelator Reads" column has nearly two dozen recommendations, covering everything from mountain lions and ecotourism to the occupation of Oregon's Malheur Wildlife Refuge. There's even a whole new series of climate fiction awaiting your attention. Check out the list here.

Finally this week, when was the last time you played cards? A new card deck gives you an artistic incentive to play poker or solitaire — by including amazing paintings of extinct species. We have a review of the cards and the accompanying art book.

In case you missed it:

You probably heard about the recent floods of pig manure and coal ash in North Carolina. Those are just a few of the environmental threats in the Southeast. For the big picture, check out our story, "Southern Inhospitality."

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What stories should we cover? We welcome your ideas and inside scoops. Drop us a line anytime.

Coming up:

We've got a lot of great stories and essays in the works for you, including more about dams, our latest interactive climate map, and recommendations about how Florida and other states can protect endangered sharks. Look for all of our newest links in next week's newsletter, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest headlines as they go live. And while you're on social media, we hope you'll share our stories with your friends.

That's it for this week. As always, thanks for reading.

John Platt

John R. Platt
Editor, The Revelator

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