Maxwell Pond Dam Comes Down

Some people go sledding, but I consider this the ultimate snow day. Despite snow that sometimes fell as much as two inches per hour, the City of Manchester and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services were out removing the Maxwell Pond Dam yesterday and making way for a cleaner, safer Black Brook this spring…. Read more »

Preparing for Climate Change: Massachusetts

 Earlier this fall, Massachusetts released its Climate Change Adaptation Report. Following in the footsteps of many other states, such as Wisconsin, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington, Massachusetts’ report analyzes strategies to adapt to a changing climate across many sectors from natural resources to infrastructure and the economy. The Adaptation Report is organized in two parts;… Read more »

River Restoration Creates Jobs

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, archaeologists, accountants, lawyers, excavator operators, construction superintendents, and truck drivers to complete all of the scientific… Read more »

Steps Towards a Solution for Martis Creek Dam

Map of Truckee River watershed | U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers/American Rivers The Army Corps of Engineers considers Martis Creek Dam, located near Lake Tahoe on a tributary to the Truckee River, one of the top 6 highest risk Corps dams in the nation. It is classified in the Corps’ most severe risk category, requiring… Read more »

USGS Goes with the Flow

Whooosh!  Do you think that your favorite local river is flowing as free as can be?  Sorry to be the bearer of bad river news, but it probably is not, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).  Apparently 86% of rivers and streams that were assessed by USGS have significantly altered flows.  86%!!  That’s… almost all… Read more »

Year of the River Video Project: White Salmon Restoration

I love this video. I love these two amazing women – Heather Herbeck, a whitewater guide and kayak instructor at Wet Planet, and Phyllis Clausen, who lived on the river for 30 years, volunteered with Friends of the White Salmon, and spearheaded river restoration and protection efforts. This is the second video in our Year… Read more »

Governor Inslee Proclaims Strong Support For The Yakima Integrated Plan

Yakima River, WA | Michael Garrity Last Thursday, new Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee appeared before a photo of the Yakima River at his weekly press conference to announce his first legislative action:  Introducing a bill to the state legislature (HB 1414) calling for state funding and implementation of the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan in… Read more »

Horse Creek Dam, Horse Creek, CA

Through the joint efforts of several agencies and organizations, the defunct Horse Creek Dam in the San Rafael Wilderness within Santa Barbara County, California, was demolished in October 2006 by a blasting crew. Measuring nine feet high and 60 feet wide, the dam was built in 1968 to capture debris flow following the large Wellman… Read more »

The Sacramento is Indeed a Transcendent River

This is a guest post by Bob Madgic, author of The Sacramento: A Transcendent River. Efforts are underway to help restore the fragile Sacramento River Delta, CA | © Bob Madgic At one time the Sacramento River was one of the richest rivers in the world. It alone carried four distinct runs of Chinook or… Read more »