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 »

2012 Dams Removed

See the 2013 List. Download a comprehensive list of dams removed 1998-2012 [PDF] Communities in 19 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 62 dams in 2012, American Rivers announced today. Outdated or unsafe dams came out of rivers in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota,… Read more »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 »

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 »