Lower Snake River, ID, OR and WA

The salmon and steelhead of the Snake River are magnificent creatures, traveling over 900 miles from the sea to spawn in Idaho’s high mountain streams. These fish are central to the lives of many Pacific Northwesterners and to the health of the region’s environment and economy. Unfortunately, this icon of the region is threatened with… Read more »

Patapsco River, MD

  American Rivers is working with the Friends of the Patapsco Valley State Park, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to remove several dams on the beautiful Patapsco River.  Nestled largely within the Patapsco Valley State Park, the Patapsco River flows for almost 35 miles through Sykesville,… Read more »

Penobscot River, ME

The Penobscot River Restoration Trust, of which American Rivers is a founding member, has been working toward removing Penobscot’s outdated dams for many years. Removing the river’s two lowermost dams (Veazie Dam and Great Works Dam) and installing fish passage on two other dams will restore access to roughly 1,000 miles of habitat for the… Read more »

Potomac Highlands (MD, PA, VA, WV) Restoration

American Rivers – EPA Potomac Highlands Implementation Grant Program Request for Proposals Coming Spring 2011 The Potomac Highlands region hosts some of most diverse and globally important resources on Earth, supporting more than 116 different fish species. The Potomac River provides drinking water to 86 percent of the region’s five million residents and supports recreation opportunities… Read more »

Potomac Highlands (MD, PA, VA, WV) Restoration – Grant Program

American Rivers – EPA Potomac Highlands Implementation Grant Program The Potomac Highlands region hosts some of most diverse and globally important resources on Earth, supporting more than 116 different fish species. But rivers and streams in the Highlands suffer from a long history of logging, mining, and dam construction. Thankfully, additional funding is now available to… Read more »

Condit Dam, White Salmon River, WA

American Rivers worked for more than 10 years with our partners to lead the effort to remove the 95-year old, 125-foot Condit dam and restore the White Salmon River. The White Salmon flows from its origin on the slopes of Mt. Adams to its confluence with the Columbia River. Portions of the river are protected as Wild and… Read more »

Potomac Highlands Restoration Areas Map

American Rivers – EPA Potomac Highlands Implementation Grant Program Use the controls on the map to zoom in on your location, or to enter your own ZIP code or longitude/latitude, view this map in Google Maps. Download a PDF of the map Return to the Potomac Highlands Restoration Project page    

Eel River, CA

Benbow Dam sits on the Wild and Scenic South Fork of the Eel River in Humboldt County, CA. It is a 15 foot tall flashboard dam that seasonally blocks passage for salmon species.  Historically salmon utilized the Eel River and South Fork of the Eel River. Currently, salmon can only access the South Fork when… Read more »

Shawsheen River, MA

Part of the Merrimack River watershed in Massachusetts, the mainstem of the Shawsheen River flows 25 miles from its headwaters at the Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, through Andover as it travels to its confluence with the Merrimack River in Lawrence. The Shawsheen watershed has an urban character throughout and supports a population of… Read more »

Elwha River Restoration, WA

The removal of two dams on Washington’s Elwha River is one of the most significant river restoration projects of our time. Background Information: River overview and history Maps & diagrams Map of the Elwha River (PDF) Diagram of Elwha dam removal (PDF) – from Popular Mechanics, Feb ’06 Timelapse animations & movies Using special computer modeling… Read more »