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 »

Looking Ahead to Restoration of Gravel Run

Centreville Dam During the long days of summer, for many, a trek across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge means a jaunt to Ocean City, Maryland, or Rehoboth, Delaware. I’m now an old hand at resisting the siren call of the sandy beaches and ocean waves as I exit off of MD-301 and head for the quaint… Read more »

Leave the Upper Green River as it is

Today’s guest blog is by Kim Cannon. The Upper Green River where it exits the Wind River Range | Scott Bosse Imagine a proposal to dam the wild river, and the valley it cut, where your family has lived and worked and gathered together for almost 90 years. Put aside for the moment that the… Read more »

Anglers Fund Conservation Update Part 1 – Pacific Northwest

Welcome to the 5th edition of American Rivers’ Anglers Fund conservation update, which summarizes our recent successes to protect and restore important fish habitat. You’ll see where we are restoring access to spawning grounds by taking out dams, protecting steelhead runs from mining and development, improving river health by protecting buffers and floodplains, and more…. Read more »

Elwha River Uplift

This is a guest blog by Dylan Tomine, originally published on his website and reprinted with permission. The kids and I decided to squeeze in one last, close-to-home, weekday excursion before school started, so we headed over to the newly dam-free Elwha River for a little float. The last piece of the upper dam was… Read more »

Big Things Happening at Bloede (Behind the Scenes)

Bloede Dam | Latrent Smith If you’ve been following our blog for the past couple of months, you have learned that dam removals can take time to complete. It can entail dozens of moving parts (and partners) and several steps to reach the finish line. For several years we have been working to restore the… Read more »

Mapping Dam Removal Success

Union Dam, Patapsco River, MD Earlier this year, American Rivers was excited to release our map of over 1,150 dam removals and counting from across the United States. The interactive map provides both a tool for river advocates and a lens through which to view the success of dam removal. Using our dam removal map,… Read more »

Why is Restoring the Elwha River Important?

Glines Canyon Dam removal – Elwha River – August 15, 2014 | NPS The world is watching as Washington’s Elwha River runs free. Bob Irvin, the President of American Rivers was recently interviewed by BBC’s Newsday for a story about the biggest dam removal in history. Dam removal began in 2011 and the final blast… Read more »

Protecting Rivers in Adams County, Pennsylvania

This is a guest blog from Sarah Kipp with the Land Conservancy of Adams County (LCAC), who is going to take you on a little tour of Adams County, Pennsylvania. LCAC has recently completed a wonderful land and river protection project using conservation easements as part of the Potomac Highlands Implementation Grant Program (PHIGP). The… Read more »

Why Remove Dams Around the Chesapeake Bay?

Shad Fishing in the early part of the 20th century | Library of Congress Last month, I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of engaged, intelligent people at the local Patagonia store here in Washington, D.C. as a follow-up to a June screening of DamNation. Have you seen the film yet? It’s pretty… Read more »