School kids send American Shad home to the Neuse

In a unique and utterly fun new program, schools around North Carolina have raised thousands of American shad fry (baby fish) to release into local rivers. American shad are migratory fish — meaning they live in the ocean but come to fresh water to spawn, often traveling hundreds of miles to do so. In the… Read more »

Peddling Inspiration

Working at American Rivers often means being an advocate for change. For many communities choosing to remove a dam and restore their local river can be a confusing endeavor. The idea of altering the only landscape many have ever known brings uncertainty and doubt. This is why part of my job is to be a… Read more »

A 21st Century Flood Management Strategy for the Southeast

(Washington, DC) –  American Rivers voiced support today for efforts to help communities across Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi recover from recent floods and released a four point plan to prevent dangerous and damaging floods in the future. In Tennessee, after heavy rains dumped over 13 inches on May 1 and 2, Cumberland and Tennessee River… Read more »

Communities Improving Public Safety through River Restoration

Washington, DC – American Rivers today released the new film, “Restoring America’s Rivers: Preparing for the Future,” which tells the inspiring story of how community leaders around the country are improving public safety and solving problems like flooding by restoring rivers and working with nature, not against it. The film examines four communities in New… Read more »

American Rivers improves safety at Salvation Army camp

(Pittsburgh) –  American Rivers is improving safety at the Salvation Army’s Camp Allegheny by removing the unsafe Fairless Murray Dam. The dam has been a safety hazard for young campers for years, and has claimed several lives. Removing the dam will also help restore Slippery Rock Creek, a tributary of the Beaver River. Reporters are… Read more »

Boston Globe Agrees that the Solution to Hazardous Dams is Removal

Over the past several weeks, flooding in New England has resulted in: The failure of the Forge Pond Dam in Freetown, Massachusetts, causing the evacuation of homes and businesses downstream. The failure of the Bolivar Street Dam in Canton, Massachusetts, causing the evacuation of an apartment building and sending sewage into the building. Leaks in… Read more »

Long Term Solution Needed for Hathaway Pond Dam

(Rochester, MA) – American Rivers today praised the work of public safety officials from the Town of Rochester, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, and the Massachusetts Office of Dam Safety to prevent the failure of Hathaway Pond Dam in Rochester. The dam, located on the Sippican River, developed a large hole during this week’s flooding,… Read more »

A 21st century flood management strategy for New Jersey

(Washington, DC) –  American Rivers voiced support today for efforts to help communities across New Jersey recover from recent floods and released a three point plan to prevent dangerous and damaging floods in the future.  “While we need to focus on clean up and recovery now, we must also take this opportunity to reassess our… Read more »

Restoring America’s Rivers: Preparing for the Future

Communities across the nation are facing increasingly extreme storms that bring damaging floods. These events can strain outdated infrastructure and endanger public safety. Restoring America’s Rivers tells the story of how community leaders around the country are solving these problems by working with nature, not against it. Dams are being removed and levees are being… 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 »