NRS Films

Year of the River

Episode 4: The Craziest Idea

2011 was truly the Year of the River, culminating in the breach of major dams on Washington's Elwha and White Salmon rivers – the biggest dam removal projects in US history. This evocative documentary from Andy Maser tells this inspiring story from the perspective of those for whom this important moment means most.


In 2011, the United States reached an important and exciting milestone – the removal of over 1,000 dams nationwide.

In the Pacific Northwest, major dam removal projects on Washington's Elwha and White Salmon rivers have become the capstones of the river conservation movement. In Year of the River, NRS Ambassador Andy Maser – a kayaker, filmmaker, world explorer and environmental advocate – turns his lens on this historic occasion. The result is a beautiful and hopeful tribute to free-flowing water and the people for whom it means everything.