Unsafe Dams Threaten Communities Nationwide

There are few things as scary as a dam failing in the middle of the night, with vulnerable communities just downstream. But that’s exactly what happened last week in Massachusetts. Luckily nobody was harmed when the 300 year old dam in Freetown breached, but it is a sober reminder of the threat unsafe dams pose… Read more »

And the Oscar goes to…the effort to remove Matilija Dam!

Imagine my surprise watching the Oscars last night when, during a break from the glitz and the gowns, there was Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, in a commercial talking about dam removal! The ad was for the Members Project, a social action campaign by American Express. The 200 foot tall dam featured in the ad… Read more »

American Rivers Selected as 2010 Orvis Conservation Grantee

Washington, DC – American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, has been awarded the 2010 Conservation Grant from Orvis, the oldest mail-order company in the United States.  Since 1856, Orvis has been outfitting customers for the sporting traditions and supporting a broad range of conservation efforts.  Orvis has committed to matching donations from its… Read more »

Time-Lapse of the Marmot Dam Removal (USGS)

The biggest dam removal in the Northwest in over 40 years happened in the Sandy River Basin, starting with the removal of the Marmot Dam in 2007.  This removal was followed by the removal of Little Sandy dam on the Little Sandy River in 2008. American Rivers helped negotiate this important dam removal and river… Read more »

Forge Pond Dam Breach is a Wake Up Call for Dam Owners

(Northampton, MA) – American Rivers today called the breach of the Forge Pond Dam in Freetown a wake up call for dam owners statewide. The 300 year old dam is one of the most unsafe dams in Massachusetts. It breached last night, threatening nearby homes with floodwaters. The breach is linked to recent storms, which… Read more »

American Rivers signs agreements for world’s largest river restoration project

Washington, DC — It’s official. After years of negotiations, American Rivers will join Interior Secretary Salazar, Oregon Governor Kulongoski, and California Governor Schwarzenegger today to sign historic agreements to mount an unprecedented restoration effort on the Klamath River, one of America’s greatest river systems. In what will be the world’s biggest dam removal project, the… Read more »

World’s biggest river restoration kicks off Thurs at official ceremony in Oregon

This Thursday, the world’s largest river restoration and dam removal effort will be officially kicked off at a signing ceremony in Salem, Oregon. The president of American Rivers, Rebecca Wodder, will join Interior Secretary Salazar, Oregon Governor  Kulongoski, and California Governor Schwarzenegger to sign historic agreements to mount an unprecedented restoration effort on the Klamath… Read more »

American Rivers stands by Klamath restoration agreements

Nevada City, CA — Responding to news reports today that a single conservation organization is retreating from comprehensive agreements to restore the Klamath River that are supported by two governors, the Obama Administration, three tribes, several counties, dozens of agricultural districts and numerous other conservation groups, American Rivers issued the following statement by Steve Rothert,… Read more »

How Restoring Rivers can Make us More Resilient

Climate change will fundamentally impact our streams and rivers in ways that threaten species, ecosystems, and communities. In the Northwest region, we are already concerned that increased rain and flooding in the winter, coupled with decreasing summer streamflows and smaller mountain snowpacks, will significantly change our rivers’ systems in the coming years and decades.  That… Read more »

Virginia bill threatens to put its citizens and local rivers at risk

Recently, the Virginia Senate passed legislation (SB 276) that strips Virginia Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Dam Safety Office of its ability to order repairs on dams it finds deficient, if that dam has an Emergency Action Plan in place, unless the state has funding to pay for said repairs themselves. This deals a… Read more »