With all this blog's discussion of dams in Guatemala, I thought I should mention that dams also generate controversy here in the U.S. In fact, we play host to 1,902 large dams, more than any other country in the world. Much of the controversy here centers not on proposals to build new dams but on plans to tear down old ones. In these debates, as in those over dam-building in Latin America, cultural survival and indigenous tradition are at play.
For some interesting discussion on this issue, check out:
- This article in the New York Times about the Tea Party's efforts to prevent dam removal in Oregon
- This article in the Smithsonian Magazine about the Klallam tribe and ongoing dam removal on the Olympic Peninsula
- This trailer for an upcoming documentary on U.S. dams, DamNation, by Felt Soul Media