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This article considers the agentic capacity of fish in dam removal decisions. Pairing new materialist explorations of agency with news media, policy documents, and interviews related to a suite of dam decisions in a New England, USA watershed, we identify the ways that river herring seem constrained through technocratic discourse to particular human-defined roles in dam removal discussions. We suggest, meanwhile, that existing human relationships with salmonids like brook trout might serve as a bridge for public stakeholders and restoration managers to recognise the agentic creativity of fish in dam removal and river restoration decisions.
Druschke, C.G., Lundberg, E., Drapier, L., & Hychka, K.C. (2017) Centring fish agency in coastal dam removal and river restoration, Water Alternatives, 10(3): 724-743.
This is an Open Access article published in Water Alternatives in 2017, available online.