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 »

American Rivers and NHA Pleased to Host Workshop on Climate Change and Hydropower

Washington, DC — American Rivers and the National Hydropower Association (NHA) are pleased to host today’s joint workshop, “Climate Change and Hydropower Management: Is Existing Science Useful Yet?” The event features representatives from scientific organizations, conservation groups, industry, academics, and regulators.  Topics include: An Overview of Science and Regional Impacts Models and Approaches Using Climate Projections… Read more »

The EPA Rules against North Carolina’s Detrimental Practice on Rivers

Columbia, SC – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined last week that North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) may not allow land purchase or protection as a substitute for requiring the adequate stream flows needed for healthy rivers.  EPA instructed the state to discontinue using the policies which allowed land for water… Read more »