Same River Twice
288 pages, 6 x 9
20 b&w photos, 5 maps
Release Date:04 Apr 2019

Same River Twice

The Politics of Dam Removal and River Restoration

Oregon State University Press

Dam removal wasn’t a realistic option in the twentieth century, and people who suggested it were dismissed as fringe environmentalists. Over the past twenty years, dam removal has become increasingly common, with dozens of removals now taking place each year in the US. Same River Twice tells the stories of three major Northwestern dam removals – the politics, people, hopes, and fears that shaped three rivers and their communities. Brewitt begins each story with the dam’s construction, shows how its critics gained power, details the conflicts and controversies of removal, and explores the aftermath as the river re-established itself.


Peter Brewitt received his PhD in environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he focused on environmental policy. He is now a professor at Wofford College.

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