VIDEO: Improving hydropower dams benefits rivers

Dams hurt rivers. They block a river’s flow and harm water quality, fish and wildlife, and recreational opportunities. In some cases where a dam is outdated, unsafe, or has outlived its usefulness, American Rivers advocates for dam removal. But in many cases, keeping a working hydropower dam in place makes sense. And with some upgrades… Read more »

Year of the River

Restoring Healthier Rivers for People and Wildlife This is part of a series on restoring rivers and dam removal that we are sharing as we celebrate one of the greatest river restoration projects. It started with the removal of the Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River on September 17, 2011, and continued with the… Read more »

Removal of Veazie Dam begins on Maine’s Penobscot River

Veazie Dam on the Penobscot River, ME | © Penobscot River Restoration Trust Today is a big day for dam removal and river restoration. Removal of Veazie Dam begins on Maine’s Penobscot River – part of a major effort to restore river health, revive cultural traditions, and revitalize local economies. Because of the threats from… Read more »

If You Remove It They Will Come – Restoring Amethyst Brook, MA

Free flowing Amethyst Brook after dam removal | © Stantec Consulting Just six month after the removal of Bartlett Rod Shop Dam on the Amethyst Brook in Pelham, Mass., our project partners found native migratory sea lamprey spawning in the restored reach below the dam removal site. Previously, the river in the area consisted of… Read more »

Whittenton Dam Removal Begins in Taunton

TAUNTON, MA – Eight years after a near-tragedy brought public attention to this dilapidated structure, the Whittenton Dam is being removed, both to ensure public safety and to restore the ecological health of the Mill River. “River restoration pays off for fish and people. Last year, the Hopewell Mills Dam was removed from the Mill… Read more »

Cle Elum Sockeye Celebration

This is a guest post from Hannah Mink, Washington State Conservation Intern for American Rivers. Salmon Celebration Ceremony on the Yakima River, WA | © Michael Garrity Witnessed on July 10th, was a historic celebration! With the sun high and temperatures too, hundreds gathered on the shores of Lake Cle Elum, dressed in everything from… Read more »

Dam Proposed for South Fork Skykomish would be an Economic Loser

A new economic study of the controversial Sunset Falls Dam on Washington’s South Fork of the Skykomish River, reveals the power generated at the proposed site would cost 2.3 times more than the Snohomish County Public Utility District (SnoPUD) estimates.  Rocky Mountain Econometrics (RME), an economic, business and energy consulting firm in Boise, Idaho, evaluated… Read more »

Hydropower Reform Can Save Rivers

American Rivers and our partners have worked to improve the operation of the many hydropower projects around the country, creating benefits for the river’s health, fish, and anglers. Learn more about our river restoration work around dams at www.AmericanRivers.org/Dams.