Dammed if you do or dammed if you don't? Exploring the effects of dams on aquatic food websLatest update June 5, 2019 Started on June 5, 2019
We will quantify the primary producers (algae and macrophytes) that grow on the bed of the Klamath River prior to the largest dam removal in history to understand how dams influence aquatic food webs from the bottom up.
The Klamath River is slated to experience the largest dam removal in history in 2021. The removal of four dams along this river is largely motivated by the political activism of local tribes and environmental organizations, and is expected to positively impact the ecology of this ecosystem, including the primary producers (such as algae and macrophytes) that provide the foundation for aquatic food webs. Our research team will explore and quantify the primary producers that proliferate downstream of these dams prior to removal to provide baseline information for future ecological restoration efforts.
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