It’s Official: Removing Klamath Dams Saves Money for Power Customers

Salem, OR – Today the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) – the Oregon agency charged with protecting utility customers – formally ruled, after months of investigation, that the proposed Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA) is indeed in the best interests of PacifiCorp ratepayers as well as the cheapest alternative for the company. The basis of… Read more »

American Rivers Awarded an Orvis Grant to Help Restore California’s Yuba Watershed

Washington, DC – American Rivers, the leading conservation organization fighting to protect and restore the nation’s rivers, announced a $15,000 grant from The Orvis Company to help preserve the Yuba River Watershed, one of the last strongholds for wild, self-sustaining, threatened salmon and steelhead runs. The Yuba watershed, located northeast of Sacramento, California, encompasses more… Read more »

Stanford University Plan to Protect Wildlife Is Inadequate

PALO ALTO, Calif.— The public has sent a powerful message to Stanford University and government agencies that the university plan for protecting endangered species on the 8,000-acre campus doesn’t go far enough and must consider removing Searsville Dam. The comment period closed last week for a proposed Habitat Conservation Plan addressing endangered species impacts over… Read more »

Sediment Behind Klamath River Dams Not Harmful

On August 12, federal scientists released data indicating that sediment stored behind the Klamath River dams targeted for removal do not pose a threat to communities or the river. Scientists tested for mercury, PCBs, dioxins, and other harmful substances. You can read the data from the latest study here.  This federal study confirms the findings… Read more »

Contract for Largest Dam Removal in US History to be Awarded Today

Seattle – The effort to restore a free-flowing Elwha River will reach a critical milestone today, as the National Park Service awards the contract for construction work to remove two outdated dams. Deconstruction will begin in 2011. Brett Swift, Northwest Regional Director for American Rivers, made the following statement: “This is a critical milestone in… Read more »

Powerdale Dam Removal Underway on Oregon’s Hood River

Seven years after signing a settlement agreement with the dam owner, tribes, federal and state agencies, and conservation entities, removal of the 10-foot high and 206-foot long Powerdale dam on Oregon’s Hood River is finally underway. Water has been diverted around the existing dam, the last fish salvage effort has taken place, and the heavy equipment… Read more »

Bids Accepted for Simkins Dam Removal

Washington DC – American Rivers is pleased to announce that we are accepting bids for the removal of the Simkins Dam on the Patapsco River in Ellicott City, Maryland. We have been working with Friends of the Patapsco Valley State Park, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Maryland Department of Natural Resources for the past two years to… Read more »

Gold Ray Dam on the Rogue River is coming out!

After years of analysis and negotiation, Gold Ray dam is coming out this summer! Gold Ray Dam on the Rogue River is an old hydroelectric dam that has not been used for power generation for several decades, but has been a significant barrier to salmon and steelhead migration on the Rogue River. The Rogue is one of… Read more »

Pressure Mounts on Stanford University to Consider Removing Searsville Dam to Restore Steelhead Trout and San Francisquito Creek

Palo Alto, Calif.— A growing coalition of conservation groups, leading scientists, Stanford alumni and Bay Area residents are pressuring Stanford University to consider removing Searsville Dam, an obsolete structure that has blocked steelhead migration in the San Francisquito Creek watershed for more than a century and serves no drinking water supply, flood control or hydropower… Read more »

Lessons Learned from Contentious Dam Removals

The Boston Globe Magazine published an article this week about a debate to remove three dams from the Shawsheen River in Massachusetts. The article highlighted what American Rivers staff around the country have been confronting for more than a decade: While removing dams is the most effective way to restore native, self-sustaining river habitat, dam removal projects… Read more »