DAMNATION Screening Resources

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Extremely cold water trickles out of the Glen Canyon Dam into what's left of Glen Canyon, forming an unnatural stretch of trout water on the Arizona/Utah border in a scene from DAMNATION. Photo: Ben Knight

A painted crack and message on Glines Canyon Dam foreshadowed its removal over two decades later. Elwha River, Olympic National Park, Washington in a scene from DAMNATION. Photo: Mikal Jakubal

Glines Canyon Dam, Olympic Peninsula, Washington in a scene from DAMNATION. Photo: Ben Knight

Prevented from migrating any further upstream, a spawning pair of pink salmon flirt over a gravel bed a stone’s throw from the now removed Elwha Dam powerhouse in a scene from DAMNATION. Photo: Matt Stoecker

Back to the future? A century old I.W. Taber photograph shows the beautiful Hetch Hetchy Valley and Toulumne River before the dam and reservoir buried this national treasure in a scene from DAMNATION. Photo: Matt Stoecker

An Elwha River Chinook comes to rest below the now removed Elwha Dam on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula [fall 2011] in a scene from DAMNATION. Photo: Ben Knight

Iron Gate, the most downstream of four controversial dams strangling the Klamath River in a scene from DAMNATION. Photo: Matt Stoecker



American Rivers
American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and an annual America's Most Endangered Rivers campaign. Through river conservation work, American Rivers is ensuring clean drinking water supplies, revitalizing fish and wildlife, improving recreation, and leaving a legacy of healthy rivers for future generations.

Atlantic Salmon Federation
The Atlantic Salmon Federation is dedicated to the conservation, protection and restoration of wild Atlantic salmon and the ecosystems on which their well-being and survival depend.

Beyond Searsville Dam
Beyond Searsville Dam is a grassroots coalition promoting watershed restoration and removal of Stanford University's "environmentally destructive" Searsville Dam.

Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR)
The Institute for Fisheries Resources is dedicated to the protection and restoration of fish resources and the human economies that depend on them. By establishing alliances among fishing men and women, government agencies, and concerned citizens, IFR unites resource stakeholders, protects fish populations, and restores aquatic habitats.

Karuk Tribe
The Karuk Tribe's Water Pollution Control Program focuses on water quality conditions within the mainstem Klamath River. The Karuk Tribe has entered into cooperative agreements with both the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife to monitor and assess water quality conditions in the Klamath and its major tributaries. The largest contributor of water pollution entering ancestral territory comes from the Klamath River itself. This river once supported a very productive salmon fishery, and provided a main food source and way of life. Now because of upriver actions such as the construction of dams, inefficient water usage, diversions, and polluted runoff, many salmon species and seasonal runs are in danger of becoming extinct.

Klamath Riverkeeper
Klamath Riverkeeper restores water quality and fisheries throughout the Klamath watershed, bringing vitality and abundance back to the river and its people.

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
The Klallam people lived in villages along the water sources, including the Elwha River for time immemorial. They would move to an area of the water based on the weather climates. Their territory was from the Hoko River to Hamma Hamma. Their natural territory is larger than any reservation currently is in Washington State. They have advocated for the removal of both the Elwha Dam and the Glen Canyon Dam to restore the watershed, river ecosystem and fisheries.

Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM)
The Natural Resources Council of Maine is a nonprofit membership organization protecting, restoring, and conserving Maine's environment, now and for future generations. For more than 50 years, NRCM has worked to improve fish passage and protect the health of Maine's rivers; reduce waste and stop toxic pollution; promote clean, renewable energy and help Maine businesses and homeowners increase their energy efficiency; and protect habitat and conserve Maine lands. NRCM harnesses the power of the law, science, and the voices of more than 16,000 supporters statewide and beyond.

Matilija Coalition
The Matilija Coalition is an alliance of community groups, businesses, and individuals committed to the environmental restoration of the Ventura River watershed. Starting with the removal of Matilija Dam, the coalition is working for the recovery of the bio-region to benefit the recovery of the Southern Steelhead trout and to restore the natural sediment supply to the beaches of Ventura.

Penobscot Nation
The Penobscot River is the ancestral home of the Penobscot Indian Nation. Restoration of the river's migratory fish stocks is necessary to comply with sustenance fishery rights guaranteed by the 1980 Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act and treaties between the Penobscot Nation, Massachusetts, and Maine. Penobscot tribal members have used the watershed and its abundant natural resources for physical and spiritual sustenance for 10,000-12,000 years.

Penobscot River Restoration Trust
The Penobscot River Restoration Trust is the non-profit organization established for the purpose of implementing the core aspects of the Penobscot River Restoration Project, working in collaboration with PPL Corporation and federal and state agencies.

Restore Hetch Hetchy (RHH)
Restore Hetch Hetchy(RHH) works to return the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park to its natural splendor ─ while continuing to meet the water and power needs of all communities that depend on the Tuolumne River.

Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition
The Save Our wild Salmon Coalition is a diverse, nationwide coalition working together to restore wild salmon and steelhead to the rivers, streams and marine waters of the Pacific Northwest for the benefit of the region's ecology, economy and culture.

South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL)
SYRCL (pronounced “circle”) is the leading voice for the protection and restoration of the Yuba River and the Greater Yuba Watershed. Founded in 1983 through a rural, grassroots campaign to defend the South Yuba River from proposed hydropower dams, SYRCL has developed into a vibrant community organization with over 3,500 members and volunteers based in Nevada City, CA.

Trout Unlimited
Trout Unlimited works to conserve, protect and restore North America's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.

Waterkeeper Alliance
Waterkeeper Alliance is the world's fastest growing environmental movement, uniting more than 220 Waterkeeper organizations around the world and focusing citizen action on issues that affect waterways, from pollution to climate change. Waterkeeper organizations are on the frontlines of the global water crisis patrolling and protecting more than 1.5 million square miles of waterways on six continents. The Waterkeeper movement's mission is for swimmable, drinkable, fishable waterways worldwide. The belief is that the best way to achieve this vision is through the Waterkeeper method of grassroots advocacy.

WaterWatch works to protect and restore flows in Oregon rivers to sustain the native fish, wildlife, and the people who depend on healthy rivers. WaterWatch was the first organization in the West to seek structural reform of antiquated water laws to protect and restore Oregon's rivers.

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