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 »

Dam Removal Training Videos Now Available

While statewide training often exists for stream monitoring and assessment, American Rivers is one of the leading experts in managing and implementing stream barrier removal projects. Over the years, we have developed a series of workshops geared toward state and federal agencies, as well as environmental and watershed groups, to train them in dam removal… Read more »

Who Says Water is for Fightin’?

Crooked River, OR | Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives Unlikely allies—irrigators, a hydropower company, a Native American tribe and conservation groups including American Rivers—have come together in support of a solution for a decades-old fight over water in the Wild and Scenic Crooked River an important tributary of the Deschutes River in Central Oregon. After… Read more »

DamNation Sparks Conversation About Dams And Rivers

Learn more about hydropower reform in our Hydropower Reform Can Save Rivers video The new film DamNation, which won the Audience Choice award at SXSW, is introducing the concept of dam removal to new audiences and getting more people talking about river restoration. It’s an important and timely conversation, given the importance of healthy rivers… Read more »

Ten Things You Might Not Know About Migratory Fish

School of Juvenile Chinook Salmon| © USFWS In celebration of the upcoming World Fish Migration Day on May 24th, below we share 10 fun facts about migratory fish! When most people think of migratory fish, they think of salmon and other anadromous species that are born in freshwater, migrate to the ocean, and return to… Read more »

How Dams Damage Rivers

Dams Significantly Affect Rivers Over the past 100 years, the United States has led the world in dam building – blocking and and harnessing rivers for a variety of purposes, including hydropower, irrigation, flood control, and water storage. The US Army Corps of Engineers has catalogued at least 80,000 dams greater than 6 feet along… Read more »

Simkins Dam Removal: Nearly Four Years Later

Simkins Dam In an ideal world, we would have the resources to monitor changes in rivers and streams after many of our restoration projects. Monitoring helps us evaluate the river’s recovery following a major change, like the removal of a dam. Unfortunately, funding constraints often limit the extent and duration of monitoring work, leading to… Read more »

The California Drought – Has Year 4 Begun?

Folsom Lake reservoir in January 2014 | Jacob Dyste As much of the US is in the grip of a frigid arctic air mass, California is in the grip of a ridge of high pressure that has blocked the procession of drenching storms we had in December. A similar pattern, dubbed the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge,… Read more »