A coalition of Hoopa, Karuk, Klamath, and Yurok Native Americans battle to force the removal of dams that have devastated the salmon population on the Klamath River. Their culture is centered around the river and its fish and a hundred years ago, up to a million salmon would swim upstream to their spawning grounds each year. Today, only a few thousand return to the river. Four large hydroelectric dams cut off their path.
The tribal representatives first travel to Scotland, then to the second-richest man in the United States- billionaire Warren Buffet owns the company that owns the dams. The company's representatives praise hydro power as a low-cost, climatefriendly source of energy, a valuable resource they say they couldn't afford to lose. Yet, the tribes may soon trigger the largest dam removal project in history. Upstream Battle features local Native Americans, utility managers, coastal fisherman and farmers in the basin- all fighting for water.