58 Dams to be Removed in 2009

Washington, D.C. — American Rivers today released its annual list of 58 dams in 16 states that have been removed or are slated for removal in 2009. Thanks to the removal of these outdated dams, communities across the country have the opportunity to enjoy better water quality, improved public safety and flood protection, and more… Read more »

American Rivers and NOAA Award $157,000 to Restore Rivers and Fisheries in Oregon

Washington, DC – Rivers and fisheries in Oregon will benefit from $157,000 in grants from American Rivers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restoration Center. Grants available through the partnership between American Rivers and the NOAA Community-based Restoration Program totaling $748,000 were awarded to projects in seven states to improve river health, restore… Read more »

White Salmon River to run free tomorrow with breach of Condit Dam

Portland, OR – The restoration of Washington’s White Salmon River will begin with a boom Wednesday, when a hole is blasted in the base of the 100 year old Condit Dam. The event will mark a significant milestone for river restoration regionally and nationally. A live feed of the blast, scheduled for approximately noon Pacific… Read more »

Teton River Named One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2010

Washington, DC — Rebuilding the Teton Dam would waste taxpayer dollars and threatens the Teton River’s popular recreational fishery and whitewater boating. This threat landed the Teton in the number eight spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers™: 2010 edition, produced by American Rivers. “Rebuilding an unsafe and unnecessary dam on the Teton River would be irresponsible,… Read more »

Boston Globe Agrees that the Solution to Hazardous Dams is Removal

Over the past several weeks, flooding in New England has resulted in: The failure of the Forge Pond Dam in Freetown, Massachusetts, causing the evacuation of homes and businesses downstream. The failure of the Bolivar Street Dam in Canton, Massachusetts, causing the evacuation of an apartment building and sending sewage into the building. Leaks in… Read more »

How Dams Are Removed

This video clip shows a portion of the removal process for the Harmony Junction Dam on Connoquenessing Creek north of Pittsburgh, removed in 2009 to provide fish passage, increase boating access, to eliminate a public safety hazard, and minimize flooding in the area. First the contractor uses a hydraulic hammer mounted on a track-hoe to… Read more »

Merrimack Village Dam Removal to Begin Next Week

Removal is slated to begin on the Merrimack Village Dam on Monday, August 6, and thanks to the ‘dam cam’ provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restoration Center, people around the world will have the opportunity to watch the river as it transforms back into its natural free-flowing state. The Souhegan River… Read more »

Progress report: Elwha River dam removal

One month ago, we kicked off the nation’s biggest dam removal project on Washington’s Elwha River. We’ve been wowed by the progress – watching with the help of Olympic National Park’s web cams — as crews take down these dams bit by bit. Here’s a snapshot of the Elwha Dam demolition so far: Earlier Snapshots… Read more »

Rock and Roll – Elwha, Be Free!

Demolition underway at 210 foot tall Glines Canyon Dam | Credit: Amy Kober It was really special to be a part of the Elwha dam removal celebration last weekend. These people and quotes have stuck with me, and I wanted to share them with you: Frances Charles, chairwoman of the lower Elwha Klallam Tribe: We’re… Read more »