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 These events can strain outdated infrastructure and endanger public safety.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 »

Unsafe Dams Threaten Communities Nationwide

There are few things as scary as a dam failing in the middle of the night, with vulnerable communities just downstream. But that’s exactly what happened last week in Massachusetts. Luckily nobody was harmed when the 300 year old dam in Freetown breached, but it is a sober reminder of the threat unsafe dams pose… Read more »

American Rivers Selected as 2010 Orvis Conservation Grantee

Washington, DC – American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, has been awarded the 2010 Conservation Grant from Orvis, the oldest mail-order company in the United States.  Since 1856, Orvis has been outfitting customers for the sporting traditions and supporting a broad range of conservation efforts.  Orvis has committed to matching donations from its… Read more »

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 »