Hiking Up the Biggest Dam Removal in History

Restoring the Elwha | National Park Service Before removal of Elwha Dam began in 2011, I wrote an essay for Wend Magazine about hiking up to the Elwha River’s headwaters. A short excerpt is below. Now the dam removal project is almost complete, and I still feel the same way — grateful to be a… Read more »

A Tale of Two Dams

UPDATED 8/27/2014 - Construction videos added Hospital Dam is a concrete-capped, rock-filled timber crib dam constructed around 1900 for water supply, and partially breached in a flood in the early 1960’s Originating near South Dayton in Cataragus County, New York, Conewango Creek winds its way south, crossing the Pennsylvania border and eventually joining the Allegheny River… Read more »

Big Wins for Rivers in the Southeast

Catawba River, SC July brought big victories for two legal cases initiated by American Rivers that will significantly benefit rivers in the Southeast. These victories would not have been possible without our close collaboration with and strong support from regional and local conservation organizations. In Georgia, the State Court of Appeals sided with American Rivers,… Read more »

Update on San Francisquito Creek, CA

American Rivers is redesigning this and other San Francisquito culverts to improve steelhead passage in the watershed. American Rivers’ staff are making great progress in San Francisquito Creek, which was listed as #5 on our list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers in the country earlier this year. San Francisquito Creek is located south of San… Read more »

New Mexico Moves to Divert the Gila River

Tell the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission that water diversion projects are too costly for the environment and for taxpayers. Say NO to dams on the Gila River. Recently, I traveled to southwestern New Mexico to tour the area around one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014, the Gila. I saw lush valleys with… Read more »

Restoration of the Musconetcong River (New Jersey)

Musconetcong River | Laura Craig The Musconetcong River is a New Jersey gem, draining the rural, northwestern part of the state. With a 158 square mile watershed, and at nearly 46 miles in length, it is one of the largest tributaries to the Delaware River. The river is an undeniably beautiful part of New Jersey’s… Read more »

Number Nine for Conemaugh

Demolition of the concrete core inside the earthen dam | Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy During the month of June, American Rivers removed the Commodore Dam on Hinty Run (a headwaters tributary of the Conemaugh River) in Indiana County, PA, bringing the total number of dams removed in the Conemaugh River watershed to nine. American Rivers assigns high… Read more »