From July 5th to 11th we celebrate Big Jump 2021 Simultaneous Dam Removal Crowdfunding Actiona week to raise awareness on how damaged Europe’s rivers are due to thousands of barriers.

Our rivers have been choked for a very long time, don’t you think? Let's unlock them!





How to participate 



  1. Choose a dam (see the list below)
  2. Click on it
  3. Decide if you wish to...




      Start fundraising individually or as a team! 
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Why is it so important to remove dams and set rivers free?

Because Europe’s rivers are agonizing, choked by more than a million dams and, whether big or small, they always cause damages. They alter everything, from the natural flow of water and fish to the cultural identity and  heritage of the surrounding communities. 

And the most relevant fact is that most of the existing obstacles have no use today! So, what if we remove them together? 

Let’s unlock rivers! Visit our web to know more: 

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The Liri river, which is mentioned by Dante, is particularly famous for being managed  by the Ancient Romans. Their architects planned and built a canal under the mountains that surrounded Lake Fucino  in order to empty it and direct its waters toward the lower altitudes of the Liri catchment area. Since then, the exploitation of the Liri river has continued for other purposes. For example, it has been used to produce energy, beginning with the Torlonia House and its first electrical powerplant. Now the natural habitats of the upper Liri are scattered with power plants and weirs that are making fish life harder, especially for the rarer species, such the barbel (Barbus fucini) and the Etruscan chub (Squalius lucumonis - IUCN Red List Categoy Endangered), or protected ones, such as the South European roach (Rutilus rubilio) and the Italian riffle dace (Telestes muticellus). Dismantling some specific weirs will open about 20 km of the river for freshwater wildlife. This will ensure  more extensive natural habitats for fish, increasing their chances of survival and, as consequence, supporting vital populations of their predators, such as the black-crowned night-heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) and the Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra), which is endangered in Italy. However, the otter could recolonize the Liri river over the next few years.
ITALY - Liri River

Germany's Baunach river dam - gone!!! Thank you!!

22-09-2021 | 13:36

Yessss! The German dam we crowdfunded for last summer, set in the Baunach river, is finally down, check out these pics! More news, photos and videos coming soon in our Twitter and  Instagram channels! Thank you everyone for making it happen!!



Posted on: GERMANY - Leucherhofwehr - Baunach River
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