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 »

Paddling the Little River in NC: America’s 4th Most Endangered River

It’s hard to believe Little River is #4 on American Rivers’ America’s Most Endangered Rivers list, and even harder to believe the reason is because this beautiful area is threatened by dam construction. Several weeks ago I accompanied local reporters, the Upper Neuse Riverkeeper Alissa Bierma, and a dozen concerned citizens on a paddling trip up the Little… 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 »

American Rivers announces America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2010

Washington, DC — American Rivers today released its most anticipated report of the year, America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2010. The 25th anniversary edition of the report spotlights ten rivers facing the most urgent threats, and also features key endangered river success stories from the past two decades. The number one river on the list is… Read more »

Coosa River Named One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2010

Washington, DC — Hydropower dams have already caused a mass extinction of wildlife on the Coosa River, and unless dam operations change, the South will lose even more of its priceless natural heritage on the Coosa. This threat landed the Coosa River in the number ten spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers™: 2010 edition, produced by… Read more »

Little River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC — A new dam would waste millions of taxpayer dollars and devastate the Little River and its fish, wildlife, and recreation opportunities. This threat landed the Little River in the number four spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers™: 2010 edition, produced by American Rivers. “The key to a reliable and predictable water supply… Read more »