Preparing for dam removal: Elwha River video update

American Rivers has fought for more than a decade to remove outdated dams on Washington’s Elwha River, and now the beginning of this historic dam removal effort is just over a month away! Watch the latest report from King 5 TV, where divers from The U.S. Geological Survey and the Environmental Protection Agency fight strong… Read more »

Rivers of a Lost Coast

Our Board members continue to help spread the word about the importance of healthy rivers and the harmful consequences communities face when their rivers are damaged.  Most recently American Rivers Board member Tom Skerritt lent his acting skills to the new documentary Rivers of a Lost Coast. The film examines the history of the fly… Read more »

Success Follows the Dillsboro Dam Removal

American Rivers has long supported the removal of the Dillsboro Dam in western North Carolina to restore the health of the Tuckaseegee River and recreational opportunities for the community. Duke Energy has been trying to remove the dam, an outdated structure no longer producing power, for nearly a decade. American Rivers was thrilled to hear… Read more »

Video: Increased flows give new life to Skokomish River

Exactly one week ago today, more natural flows surged down the North Fork Skokomish River when Tacoma Power released water from its Cushman hydroelectric project. For over 50 years, the company had left just a trickle of water in the river below the dam — this harmed the entire river ecosystem and the well-being and… Read more »

Two NC Dam Removals, Two Days

American Rivers and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFW) worked together to remove two dams in just two days this week in Montgomery County, North Carolina. The projects will benefit a number of rare, high priority fish and mussel species by restoring river habitat and allowing fish to move over 175 miles upstream. See… Read more »

Success on South Carolina’s Saluda

Saluda River, SC | Jason Van Driesche The Saluda River is a southeast treasure. A tributary of the Congaree River, the Saluda is popular for fishing and boating, but has been harmed by dams and other development. Fortunately, the hydropower dam relicensing process provided a chance to improve the river’s health, and its recreation opportunities…. Read more »

Condit Dam, White Salmon River, WA

American Rivers worked for more than 10 years with our partners to lead the effort to remove the 95-year old, 125-foot Condit dam and restore the White Salmon River. The White Salmon flows from its origin on the slopes of Mt. Adams to its confluence with the Columbia River. Portions of the river are protected as Wild and… Read more »

Marsh Creek Fish Passage Restoration

In 2010, an American Rivers-led partnership built a  fish ladder on Marsh Creek to enable Chinook salmon to pass a 6-foot high dam and access 7 miles of upstream spawning habitat.  Marsh Creek is the first tributary encountered by salmon returning from the ocean through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, thus Salmon spawned in Marsh Creek… Read more »

Removal of Veazie Dam begins on Maine’s Penobscot River

Veazie Dam on the Penobscot River, ME | © Penobscot River Restoration Trust Today is a big day for dam removal and river restoration. Removal of Veazie Dam begins on Maine’s Penobscot River – part of a major effort to restore river health, revive cultural traditions, and revitalize local economies. Because of the threats from… Read more »

Building partnerships to remove barriers on the Uwharrie River

Lassiter Mill dam removal, Uwharrie River, NC | © USFWS This summer American Rivers’ completed the removal of Lassiter Mill Dam on the Uwharrie River. The removal of this grist mill dam dating back to 1805 will have an incredible benefit to the river system. American Rivers has been actively pursuing this project since 2009 when… Read more »