This blog is a reprint from Rachel Calabro’s blog on Mill River Restoration. River Herring swimming above the Hopewell Mill Dam, MA for the first time in 200 years! | © Rachel Calabro After 200 years, river herring have been spotted in the Mill River a… Read more »
Brian provides technical services and programmatic capacity building assistance to restore river habitat through stream barrier removals throughout the Northeast.
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.
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-MadisonDeerfield River
Blog Posts By This Author
Whittenton Dam, Mill River, MA | Brian Graber In 2005, the Whittenton Dam nearly failed, forcing 2,000 people to evacuate homes and businesses in downtown Taunton, Massachusetts. As the Mill River swelled around the dilapidated dam, senators, a governo… Read more »
Some American Rivers staff were in the field earlier today, checking out a dam removal project site on Darby Creek, near Philadelphia, PA. Here are two videos from the site, amidst the early winds and rain from advancing Hurricane Sandy. American River… Read more »
It takes a lot of professionals to remove a dam and restore a river. Along with the project management and other technical assistance that we do at American Rivers, we and our project partners hire ecologists, engineers, geomorphologists, historians, a… Read more »
See more photos of the Dufresne Dam. Brian Graber of our River Restoration Program tours the Dufresne Dam site on the Battenkill in Manchester, Vermont, which is planned for removal in summer 2012. The Battenkill is a popular cold water fishery with th… Read more »
The North Branch of the Hoosic River is a high quality cold water river in northwestern Massachusetts. The Briggsville Dam was no longer used and in poor condition. Its removal was particularly important for the owner, a large employer in the rural com… 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 tw… Read more »
We’ve been talking quite a bit about 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. The Briggsville Dam had been a challenge… Read more »
While nearly everyone who grew up in the United States knows the story of the Mayflower and the Pilgrims coming to Plymouth, Massachusetts, not everyone knows why they landed where they did. A big part of that decision was a spring-fed stream that they… Read more »
The Boston Globe Magazine published an article this week about a debate to remove three dams from the Shawsheen River in Massachusetts. The article highlighted what American Rivers staff around the country have been confronting for more than a decade:… Read more »