Court ruling is a win for healthy rivers, salmon, and communities

Portland – A ruling today by federal Judge James A. Redden delivered a major victory for the Columbia and Snake rivers, imperiled salmon and steelhead runs, and Northwest communities. American Rivers, a plaintiff in the long-standing case, applauded the ruling that opens the door to comprehensive solutions surrounding dam operations and salmon recovery. Judge Redden… 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 »

Blast from the Past: 1993 Video of Condit Dam Hearing

One of our partners on Washington’s White Salmon River, Daniel Dancer, shared this video from 1993, with news and public hearing footage about the Condit Dam removal effort.  I couldn’t help but get a little choked up watching the kids (who are now in their early/mid 20’s!) bust through the dam. This old video is… Read more »

Fall for Restoration

The crispness of the air and nature’s color explosion make fall my favorite season. I always feel more in tune with nature during the fall, as I begin to plan fall hikes along my local rivers. Fall is also the harvest season for certain crops and, for those of us that grew up surrounded by… Read more »

Horse Creek Dam: Six Years After it was Blown to Bits.

Measuring nine feet high and 60 feet wide, Horse Creek Dam was built in 1968 to capture debris flow following the large Wellman fire in the upper Sisquoc River drainage area. By the spring of 1969, the reservoir behind the dam was completely filled with debris and was no longer serving its purpose. Since its… Read more »

Massive dam threatens wild Alaska river

This is a guest post from Richard Leo from the Coalition for Susitna Dam Alternatives The Denali Highway crosses the upper Susitna river | Credit: Wikimedia Commons The biggest dam in America since Glen Canyon. The eighth tallest in the world when fully built. On a great wild river of dense salmon runs in the… Read more »

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American Rivers has fought for more than a decade to remove outdated dams on Washington’s Elwha River, and now the beginning of this historic dam removal effort is just over a month away!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 »