United States and Waterwatch, et al. v. State of Oregon and Grants Pass Irrigation District (Bring Down the Dam: Savage Rapids on the Rogue)

United States and Waterwatch, et al. v. State of Oregon and Grants Pass Irrigation District (Bring Down the Dam: Savage Rapids on the Rogue)

2001

EPIC intervened with a coalition of organizations to support removal of Savage Rapids dam on the Rogue River in southwestern Oregon. A settlement was reached over the summer in 2001 in which the defendants agreed to cease operating the dam for irrigation by the end of the 2005 season and allow dam removal to begin. A consent decree establishing this was approved and adopted by the court in Eugene, Oregon on August 25, 2001. EPIC was represented in this case by Michael Sherwood of the Earthjustice Legal Defense Center. The dam was removed in summer 2009; flows were restored in October 2009.