Oysters Get New Habitat from Dam Pieces

Concrete from the Simkins Dam is headed to its new home today thanks to NOAA and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The dam, which originally blocked more than 22 miles of habitat for migratory fish in the Patapsco River, was removed in December 2010 due to the efforts of American Rivers, the NOAA Restoration Center, the… Read more »

Seeing *is* believing

Working out of our headquarters office doesn’t always provide as many opportunities to actually get out in the field as some of us would like. However, I do feel blessed that my position with the River Restoration program gives me more chances than most. Earlier this month one such opportunity arose. With the arrival of… Read more »

Time for a 21st Century Approach to Flood Management

Download the “Natural Defenses” report Throughout history, we have built up and encroached upon the areas that naturally provide us with multiple benefits – our rivers, floodplains, wetlands, and upland areas.  For far too long we have ignored the inevitable impacts of watershed development, piece meal flood control approaches, and agricultural practices, trading off our… Read more »

What’s So Bad About Dams, Anyway?

  In our line of work removing old dams to restore rivers, one of the most common questions people ask is “what’s so bad about dams, anyway?” It’s a great question and could be a short or long answer, depending on how detailed you want to get. I’ll attempt to summarize the key issues here…. Read more »

Hurricane Sandy update from Darby Creek, Pennsylvania

Some American Rivers staff were in the field earlier today, checking out a dam removal project site on Darby Creek, near Philadelphia, PA. Here are two videos from the site, amidst the early winds and rain from advancing Hurricane Sandy. American Rivers is working to remove four barriers in the creek and promote green infrastructure… Read more »

Shawsheen River, MA

Part of the Merrimack River watershed in Massachusetts, the mainstem of the Shawsheen River flows 25 miles from its headwaters at the Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, through Andover as it travels to its confluence with the Merrimack River in Lawrence. The Shawsheen watershed has an urban character throughout and supports a population of… Read more »

What did we accomplish?

Conoquenessing Creek as it appeared in 2010 after the dam removal and stream restoration project was completed | © Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy Recently, one of American Rivers’ blog readers responded to a previous post about how dams are removed with remarks about how the 2009 removal of the Harmony Junction Dam forever changed Connoquenessing Creek. Let’s… Read more »

Dam Removal Resource Center

Develop Your Dam Removal Skills American Rivers has created a series of resources designed to provide information about the different components of a dam removal project and help practitioners develop the skills and confidence necessary to undertake their own projects. Keep reading to learn which tools may be right for you. Our newest resource is… Read more »