And the Oscar goes to…the effort to remove Matilija Dam!

Imagine my surprise watching the Oscars last night when, during a break from the glitz and the gowns, there was Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, in a commercial talking about dam removal! The ad was for the Members Project, a social action campaign by American Express. The 200 foot tall dam featured in the ad… Read more »

Enjoying A Restored Sandy River

NOTE: We’re pleased to welcome Thomas O’Keefe, PhD, for this guest post. Tom is a river ecologist and the Pacific Northwest Stewardship Director for American Whitewater, a national river conservation organization and a partner with American Rivers in river conservation and restoration efforts across the country. Three years ago I was there on the banks… Read more »

Have you ever heard of a herring warden?

Project monitoring is an important part of river restoration work. A solid pre- and post-dam removal monitoring plan can provide you with a reliable foundation on which to build your project and to document its successes. American Rivers has committed to funding a small percentage of monitoring work on some of the projects we are… Read more »

Major Week for Dam Removals

This is a major week for dam removal, with news that underscores the national leadership of American Rivers and our track record of success in the field of river restoration. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today that it will provide American Rivers with more than $4 million in economic stimulus funding to… Read more »

Penobscot Project Surpasses a Major Milestone

This past Thursday partners from all walks of life gathered on the banks of the Penobscot River in Maine to celebrate a major milestone in the restoration of the Penobscot River. The Penobscot River Restoration Trust, of which American Rivers is a member of the Board of Directors, announced that it had successfully raised $25… Read more »

Restoring the Yuba River

Guest post by Steve Rothert, American Rivers’ California Field Office Director The fight to restore the Yuba River and restore salmon and steelhead runs to the upper Yuba has entered a new phase.  The Yuba County Water Agency recently started the process to obtain a new operating license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)… Read more »

Sneak Peek at an Endangered River Success: The Elwha

On June 2 we will announce our 25th annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™. As part of the report’s 25th anniversary, in addition to naming the ten endangered rivers for 2010, we will be featuring endangered river success stories. You’ll have to wait until next week to learn about all of the rivers, but… Read more »

Unsafe Dams Threaten Communities Nationwide

There are few things as scary as a dam failing in the middle of the night, with vulnerable communities just downstream. But that’s exactly what happened last week in Massachusetts. Luckily nobody was harmed when the 300 year old dam in Freetown breached, but it is a sober reminder of the threat unsafe dams pose… Read more »

World’s biggest river restoration kicks off Thurs at official ceremony in Oregon

This Thursday, the world’s largest river restoration and dam removal effort will be officially kicked off at a signing ceremony in Salem, Oregon. The president of American Rivers, Rebecca Wodder, will join Interior Secretary Salazar, Oregon Governor  Kulongoski, and California Governor Schwarzenegger to sign historic agreements to mount an unprecedented restoration effort on the Klamath… Read more »

Year of the River: Dam Removals in the Pacific NW

A guest blog from our Commuications intern Johannes Dreisbach. Elwha dam breach, Elwah River, WA | National Park Service Autumn has been an incredibly exciting time at American Rivers, as it marks the one-year anniversary of the world’s largest dam removal project.  Because of efforts like the historic river restoration initiative in Washington state—which included… Read more »