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2022 Dam Removal Award Nominees

April 4, 2023

2022 Dam Removal Award Nominees

The Dam Removal Award jury has nominated five projects for the 2022 Dam Removal Award, and now the public is asked to vote on the final winning project.

Galaxes Weir in Portugal – demolition begins

March 27, 2023

Galaxes Weir in Portugal – demolition begins

Today, ANP|WWF began work on their first-ever barrier removal – the Galaxes weir in Alcoutim – which will restore the river connectivity of 7.7 km of Ribeira de Odeleite.

First weir removed on the Tardoire River in France

February 20, 2023

First weir removed on the Tardoire River in France

In Champagnac-la-rivière, France, the “Les Planches” weir on the River Tardoire has been removed! The work started in December and was completed at the beginning of January.

Focused call for Expressions of Interest – deadline for new submissions – 14th April 2023

February 16, 2023

Focused call for Expressions of Interest – deadline for new submissions – 14th April 2023

On 24th February, the Open Rivers Programme will open a new call for applications for grant categories A and B with a deadline for short Expressions of Interest (EoI) of 14th April 2023 at 17:00 CET.

The Open Rivers Programme offers 27 new grants to support projects in 16 European countries

December 15, 2022

The Open Rivers Programme offers 27 new grants to support projects in 16 European countries

Twenty-seven newly supported projects have the potential to open up over 300 km of rivers through the removal of 31 barriers.

Molino Bajo and the Molino del Cabrillas Dams – REMOVED

December 5, 2022

Molino Bajo and the Molino del Cabrillas Dams – REMOVED

On November 24, AEMS-Ríos con Vida began to dismantle the Molina de Cabrillas dam on the Cabrillas River in Guadalajara.

Call for Expressions of Interest and Proposals – deadline for new submissions – 9th December 2022

October 21, 2022

Call for Expressions of Interest and Proposals – deadline for new submissions – 9th December 2022

The European Open Rivers Programme is inviting Expressions of Interest (EoI) for project submissions for dam removal preparatory and demolition projects that fall under grant categories A1, A2, A3 and B.

Ahetze Dam – REMOVED!

October 4, 2022

Ahetze Dam – REMOVED!

The small dam at Ahetze in France was completely removed in September 2022, thanks to funding from the Open Rivers Programme.

Scotton Weir – REMOVED

September 8, 2022

Scotton Weir – REMOVED

Five weeks of work at Scotton Weir on the River Nidd in Yorkshire, England has resulted in the full removal of the former barrier, a 75m wide and 4m high structure reconnecting ~35km of river and tributaries.