Calling Back the Salmon Ceremony, Yuba River

On Saturday October 10th, 2009, more than 400 people gathered on the banks of the South Yuba River to join the Tsi-Akim Maidu Tribe in their annual Calling Back the Salmon ceremony. Similar to other events such as the Yurok Tribes Salmon Festival on the Klamath River, this event celebrates the return of salmon to… Read more »

Taking a Second Look: Communities and Dam Removal

American Rivers, in collaboration with a number of partners, offers Taking a Second Look: Communities and Dam Removal. This 22-minute video is meant to inform dam owners, local businesses, public officials, resource agencies, and other concerned community members about the benefits of dam removal as a river restoration tool.  Featuring case studies of communities that… Read more »

Yuba River Salmon and Dams

On Saturday October 10th, 2009, more than 400 people gathered on the banks of the South Yuba River to join the Tsi-Akim Maidu Tribe in their annual Calling Back the Salmon ceremony. Similar to other events such as the Yurok Tribes Salmon Festival on the Klamath River, this event celebrates the return of salmon to… Read more »

American Rivers Announces a New Position to Improve North Carolina’s Rivers

Durham, NC — American Rivers announced today that it has hired a new Associate Director for River Restoration to help North Carolina communities remove unsafe and outdated dams. As the Associate Director of River Restoration, Lynnette Batt will work with communities across the state to restore healthy rivers by providing technical assistance and general guidance… Read more »

Restoring the Yuba River

Guest post by Steve Rothert, American Rivers’ California Field Office Director The fight to restore the Yuba River and restore salmon and steelhead runs to the upper Yuba has entered a new phase.  The Yuba County Water Agency recently started the process to obtain a new operating license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)… Read more »

Dam Safety: Protecting Communities and Ecosystems from Dam Failure

Read the full report Introduction The safety of dams is often taken for granted until a high profile event reveals the associated risks. In the United States, the failures of Buffalo Creek Dam in 1970 and Teton Dam in 1976 resulted in dozens of deaths, hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage, and the… Read more »

Permitting Dam Removal: The State of (Several) States

Read the full report (PDF) Introduction Dam owners and communities are increasingly considering the option of removing dams that are unsafe, obsolete or simply causing more harm than good. But as more dam removal projects are proposed, many states are finding that the application of existing permitting processes can be unreasonably complicated, time consuming, and expensive… Read more »