Director, River Restoration Program, Northeast Region
Area of Focus: Brian provides technical services and programmatic capacity building assistance to restore river habitat through stream barrier removals throughout the Northeast.
Background: Brian joined American Rivers in May 2007. He is a fluvial geomorphologist and water resources engineer who specializes in river habitat restoration. Prior to working at American Rivers, he was the River Restoration Scientist at the Massachusetts Riverways Program, where he helped guide the development of the state's River Restoration Priority Project Program. He previously coordinated Trout Unlimited's Small Dams Program, which worked closely with American Rivers to remove obsolete dams that do more harm than good. He has also worked as a self-employed consultant, designing dam removal channel restoration, completing watershed assessments, and implementing dam removal project monitoring at projects in Wisconsin, Vermont and New Hampshire.
Education: B.A. in Geography at Dartmouth College, M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering (hydrology) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and M.S. in Geography (fluvial geomorphology) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Favorite River: Deerfield River
Blog Posts By This Author
April 30, 2012 | Dams & Dam Removal
Brian Graber of our River Restoration Program shows off the restored site of a former dam on the North Branch of the Hoosic River in Clarksburg Massachusetts a year and a half after dam removal.Read more »
As some really big dam removals on the Pacific Northwest’s Elwha and White Salmon Rivers are grabbing the headlines, “small” dam removals continue to be completed around the country. American Rivers provided technical assistance on two projects currently in (de)construction in the Northeast, and helped fund these projects through our partnership with the NOAA Restoration Center: Bunker Pond Dam, Lamprey River, Epping, New Hampshire, and Pawtuxet Falls Dam, Pawtuxet River, Cranston/Warwick, Rhode Island.Read more »
June 3, 2011 | Dams & Dam Removal
We've been talking quite a bit about 2011 being the Year of the River, and how dam removals continue across every region of the country. Today is another milestone for our rivers as we celebrate the removal of the Briggsville Dam in Clarksburg, MA.Read more »