Dam Removal Saves Jobs in Rural Community

Clarksburg, MA – With the help of U.S. Rep. John Olver, federal funding has been secured to remove the 15 foot high and 200 foot long Briggsville Dam in the town of Clarksburg, Massachusetts. Removal of the outdated dam will help the owner, Cascade School Supplies, avoid excessive financial hardship for repairs to a dam… Read more »

American Rivers Names America’s Most Endangered Rivers(TM) of 2011

Washington, DC – With floodwaters swelling the Mississippi River to historic levels and rivers nationwide at risk from gas drilling, sewage pollution, and other threats, American Rivers today released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™. For the second year in a row, the most endangered river in the United States is a victim… Read more »

A New Chapter For The Penobscot River

Today, one of the nation’s most significant river restoration projects begins on the Penobscot River in Maine. The president of American Rivers, Bob Irvin, is at the event to kick off the removal of Great Works Dam. The remarks he is delivering at the event are shared below: Watch recorded footage of the Great Works Dam… Read more »

Don’t Let Lake Delhi Destroy the Maquoketa River

I would like to respond to the Gazette’s recent article about the fate of Lake Delhi (“Lake Delhi debate comes down to environmental vs. residents’ interests”). I agree with the concerns raised by the DNR and other conservation groups, but I believe the fundamental issue around Lake Delhi stems from a failure to appreciate the… Read more »

Get Money for your Dam Removal Project

As we have done the past eight years, American Rivers is once again working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to offer grants for stream barrier removal projects. We are specifically looking for projects that will help local communities thrive and benefit diadromous fish species—fish that live in both marine and freshwater habitats…. Read more »

Is hydropower clean? Our take on dams

American Rivers Hydropower Reform Initiative is one of our longest-running and best-known programs. We’ve been working with power companies and federal operators since we were founded nearly 40 years ago to try and reduce the harm to rivers from hydropower dams. As a result, we’re often asked if we see a tension between our serious… Read more »

Outdoor Life names Rebecca Wodder among top 25 conservationists

The President of American Rivers, Rebecca Wodder, is named one of the nation’s  top 25 conservationists in the December/January issue of Outdoor Life magazine, which hits newsstands today. You can show your support by voting for Rebecca in the OL 25 “Reader’s Choice” contest! Rebecca is recognized for her decades of dedication to protecting and restoring… Read more »

Removing Spoonville Dam to restore Farmington River

The Spoonville Dam on the Farmington River was breached in the 1955 floods. The remaining portion of the dam is 128 feet long and 25 feet high and spans more than half of the river causing a constriction with high velocities that are difficult for many species to navigate and dangerous for kayakers. Full dam… Read more »

See a Newly Free Flowing Salmon River!

Thanks to Pat Manchester, with the Town of Fort Covington in New York, you can see a video of the newly revived Salmon River.  The Fort Covington Dam was recently taken down thanks in part to funding provided by the American Rivers-NOAA Community-based Habitat Restoration Partnership. This project will improve public safety and enhance recreational boating… Read more »

The Ten Most Endangered Rivers of 2010 – Plus 22 Success Stories!

There are tens of thousands of rivers and streams across our country, and each year only ten make it on to the America’s Most Endangered Rivers list. For 25 years America’s Most Endangered Rivers has been our most highly anticipated report. The 2010 list, released today, spotlights rivers facing a multitude of threats from New… Read more »