Restoring The Patapsco River One Dam At A Time

Patapsco River, MD | © American Rivers Despite the lack of updates on the Patapsco River Restoration project, things have indeed been moving forward. Perhaps you heard about our successful grant application to NOAA for funds for the Bloede Dam removal? Needless to say, we are thrilled! American Rivers worked with the Maryland Department of… Read more »

A Thanksgiving Dam Removal

Townbrook Fall | Amy Singler Most of us know the story of the Pilgrims landing in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Like many children growing up in Massachusetts, I visited Plimoth Plantation with my elementary school. But on those trips to Plymouth, we never stopped at Town Brook, which played a role in the Pilgrim’s choice of landing,… Read more »

Most Endangered Rivers for 2014

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014 The annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® report is a list of rivers at a crossroads, where key decisions in the coming months will determine the rivers’ fates. Over the years, the report has helped spur many successes including the removal of outdated dams, the protection of rivers with Wild… Read more »

Haw River Reconnection

Haw River, NC | © American Rivers The Haw River in central NC has a number of problems facing it which led to us listing it as one of the nation’s Most Endangered Rivers® this year. Millions of gallons of raw sewage from spills and millions of gallons of polluted runoff (i.e., rainwater that picks up… Read more »

Dam Ownership – The Argument For and Against Keeping a Dam

West Henniker Creek, NH | American Rivers This blog is a part of our series this month on River Restoration Challenges. Dam owners come in all stripes. Many are private individuals, but others are government entities, companies, and even non-profits. Regardless, all dam owners face the same fundamental choice: whether to continue to maintain their… 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 »

Freeing Evans Creek: A Year in The Life of a Dam Removal

Fielder Dam on Evans Creek | River Design Group Two dam removals are planned for Summer 2015 on Evans Creek, a tributary to the Rogue River in Oregon. Fielder Dam, a 19 foot tall, 259 foot long dam is located 3 miles from Evans Creek’s confluence with the Rogue River. Wimer Dam, a 19 foot… Read more »

2014 Dam Removals

Download the 2014 Dam Removals list [PDF] Download a comprehensive list of dams removed 1998-2014 [PDF] Explore the interactive map of all dam removals Communities in 19 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 72 dams in 2014, restoring more than 730 miles of streams for the benefit of… Read more »

The Injustice of the Columbia River Treaty

Today’s guest blog is a part of the America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series highlighting the Columbia River in Washington State. Our guest blogger is W. Thomas Soeldner, a retired Lutheran minister and educator living in Valleyford, Washington, just south of Spokane. He is a board member of Earth Ministry and co-chair of the Upper Columbia… Read more »

Feds Say No to a Proposed New Dam

Federal officials recommend not issuing a license for a proposed new hydropower dam on the Bear River in Idaho, citing the outstanding values of that section of the river.