The Klamath and Killer Whales

Algae bloom behind Klamath dam | James Norman The rivers of the Pacific Coast once teemed with wild salmon, providing nourishment for humans, wildlife, and ecosystems from the mountains to the sea—including many communities of orca whales. But for the last century, dams, habitat loss, and excessive harvest have pushed salmon to the brink. Dams… Read more »

First Dam Removal in the State of Delaware

White Clay Creek flows freely at the former site of the Byrnes Mill Dam. Portions of the historic structure and millrace remain intact following the December 2014 removal. On December 4th, 2014 the Byrnes Mill Dam on White Clay Creek in Delaware, also known as White Clay Creek Dam No. 1, was breached to allow… Read more »

Opening up a Creek and Watching Recovery Follow

Restoring Darby Creek, a tributary of the Delaware River, meant tearing down three now-defunct mill dams. Here, the Hoffman Park dam at Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, comes down. Early settlement along Pennsylvania’s Darby Creek relied upon dams to turn the water wheels of mills, powering economic growth. However, as time wore on, the dams on this tributary… Read more »

A Tribute to Martin Litton, River Hero

Martin Litton | John Blaustein A hero for wild rivers passed away Sunday. One of the original river guides in the Grand Canyon, Martin Litton, 97, was a passionate advocate for wild places and was at the center of some of our country’s biggest river conservation victories. He helped stop the construction of new dams… Read more »

Conewango Creek Needs Your Vote for River of the Year

Since we posted the original blog (A Tale of Two Dams, found in its entirety below), some great things have happened. First, we successfully completed the dam removals in early September, 2014. The photos below show a comparison of Conewango Creek before and after the Hospital Dam (the largest of the two dams) was removed. Second, Conewango… Read more »

How Do You Get a Fish Upstream? Launch It.

Anadromous fish such as salmon and steelhead have a rough time when it comes to finding their way home. Dams and other man-made barriers can present insurmountable obstacles, cutting them off from long stretches of their historic spawning habitat. Fortunately, an innovative technique just might help salmon find their way: the salmon cannon. I’ll let… Read more »

Buckley Dam: Stop Killing the Salmon

This blog was originally published November 12, 2014 on CrossCut.com. Read the original article here Buckley Dam fish kill | White Noise Productions The annual return of salmon to the White River, which flows from the Emmons Glacier on Mount Rainier to the Puyallup River, is a cause for celebration among Indian tribes, anglers and… Read more »

Dams are problem creators, not problem solvers

Removal of Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River – August 15, 2014 | NPS What will 3,700 more new dams do that 48,000 existing ones haven’t already done? Invite more problems. According to a new study done by researchers in Europe, the 3,700 new dams under construction or planned for construction around the world… Read more »

Anglers Fund Conservation Update Part 5 – Mid-Atlantic/Northeast

Welcome to the fifth and last part of the Anglers Fund conservation update, which summarizes our recent successes to protect and restore important fish habitat. The theme for this report is “healthy fish need healthy rivers”. We hope you’ll enjoy seeing how our work has a positive impact on fisheries. This week is the Mid-Atlantic… Read more »

Green River – Let ‘er buck!

In response to our action alert this summer, more than 10,000 American Rivers members and supporters contacted Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead to tell him “no” to new dams on the Upper Green River. The governor heard you, as the proposed dams recently were dropped from further consideration due to widespread public opposition.