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 »

Mattole River, CA

Throughout the Mattole River watershed, poorly designed and installed culverts are being systematically evaluated and replaced to improve fish passage and stabilize sediment that may wash into spawning gravels. Because the Mattole River watershed is subject to extreme storm events and flooding, bridges, followed closely by open bottom culverts, are often the best option for… Read more »

Darby Creek Restoration Project, PA

click to enlarge map Darby Creek drains a largely urbanized watershed adjacent to the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is a direct tributary to the Delaware River, and joins with the Delaware near Essington, PA, after passing through the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Early settlement along the Darby relied upon mill dams for economic… Read more »

Grins and Gratitude on the White Salmon

Old Reservoir on the White Salmon River | Thomas O’Keefe, American Whitewater After years of effort by American Rivers and partners including Friends of the White Salmon, the Yakama Nation, and American Whitewater, the White Salmon River is flowing free. On November 2nd, the new stretch of river through the reservoir section and old Condit dam… Read more »

Elwha River Restoration: Background and History

Elwha River Restoration Imagine a River Literally Coming Back to Life. One of the most significant river restoration effort of our time will soon begin on Washington’s Elwha River. Two large dams will be dismantled to restore the river’s once-legendary salmon runs, and to revive an entire ecosystem from the mountains to the sea. The river’s… Read more »

Drowned Towns: What Lies Beneath the Reservoirs?

This is a guest blog from our intern Johannes Dreisbach. Hoover Dam, AR, NV | USBR Halloween is just a day away.  In a matter of hours, goblins and ghouls will be running amok in city streets and monsters will be haunting television screens.  With all of the spooky activities that will soon be taking… Read more »

Hurricane Sandy update from Darby Creek, Pennsylvania

Some American Rivers staff were in the field earlier today, checking out a dam removal project site on Darby Creek, near Philadelphia, PA. Here are two videos from the site, amidst the early winds and rain from advancing Hurricane Sandy. American Rivers is working to remove four barriers in the creek and promote green infrastructure… Read more »

2011 Dam Removal Resource Guide

2011 was the ‘year of the river’ with several large, high-profile dams coming down across the country. American Rivers helped make removing outdated dams an accepted and even preferred option for dam owners and communities. This resource guide provides a snapshot of some of the exciting river restoration projects for 2011, and information about the… Read more »

2010 Dam Removals

See a full list of dams removed in 2010  See a full list of dams removed/slated for removal in 2009 See our past list of dams removed from 1998-2008 American Rivers, the leading conservation organization fighting for healthy rivers so communities can thrive, today announced its annual list of 60 dams that were removed in… Read more »

River Restoration Progress Threatened by Extreme Bill

This blog originally appeared in The Huffington Post on Oct. 8, 2012. See the original blog and Bob’s other blogs on the Huffington Post site.  Penobscot River, ME | Penobscot River Restoration Trust Communities nationwide are benefiting from efforts to removed unsafe, outdated dams and restore river health. In the U.S., more than 1,100 dams that have… Read more »