What did we accomplish?

Conoquenessing Creek as it appeared in 2010 after the dam removal and stream restoration project was completed | © Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy Recently, one of American Rivers’ blog readers responded to a previous post about how dams are removed with remarks about how the 2009 removal of the Harmony Junction Dam forever changed Connoquenessing Creek. Let’s… Read more »

American Rivers receives $3.57 million from NOAA to restore Patapsco River

Washington – Maryland’s Patapsco River will soon be healthier for fish and safer for local residents, thanks to a $3.57 million grant awarded by the NOAA Restoration Center to American Rivers. The grant supports the Patapsco River Restoration Project, ensuring the removal of the Bloede Dam and continued long-term monitoring of the Patapsco. Removing Bloede… Read more »

Day in the Life: Denise Hoffert-Hay, River Restoration Program

Sterns Dam, Crooked River, OR | © Scott Wright, P.E., River Design Group 7:00PM A site visit to a dam in Central Oregon starts the night before with packing the field rig, putting together the details that make a difference when a site is more than three hours from the office: camera battery charged, boots… Read more »

Mill River returned to its streambed as Whittenton Dam removed

Demolition of the Whittenton Dam on Mill River, MA | © Rachel Calabro Demolition of the Whittenton Dam began on July 19 with the sound of heavy machinery in the air as state Sen. Marc Pacheco manned an excavator kicking off the removal. A little more than two weeks later, the Mill River was released… Read more »

The Economics of Small Dams

Today’s guest blog is a part of the America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series, and it is about a river that we listed in 2012, the South Fork Skykomish River in Washington.  Rich Bowers, the Hydropower Reform Coalition Pacific Northwest Coordinator, tells us about a new economic report that sheds light on the economics of dam… Read more »

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 In some cases where a dam is outdated, unsafe, or has outlived its usefulness, American Rivers advocates for dam removal.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 »