2011 Dam Removal Resource Guide

2011 was the ‘year of the river’ with several large, high-profile dams coming down across the country. American Rivers helped make removing outdated dams an accepted and even preferred option for dam owners and communities. This resource guide provides a snapshot of some of the exciting river restoration projects for 2011, and information about the… Read more »

Revive the Coosa: Balancing Energy and Health

Sign the Petition Tell FERC: Don’t Rubber-Stamp Environmental Review In order to reverse the dams’ significant damage to the Coosa – once one of the most biologically diverse rivers in the world – we ask that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [FERC] complete more thorough environmental studies to ensure protections are in place to balance… Read more »

Monitoring riparian recovery along Darby Creek, Pennsylvania

Riparian vegetation along Darby Creek helps stabilize banks and reduce erosion | © Laura Craig This fall, I’ve been monitoring the recovery of the riparian community along the Darby Creek in urban, southeastern Pennsylvania. It is the end of the first full growing season following three dam removals in late 2012 and early 2013. While… Read more »

Snail Darter Politics

Little Tennessee River | © USFWS, Southeast As California is enduring the worst drought in its history, some politicians are blaming it all on federal and state environmental laws that protect fish and wildlife and the rivers they depend on for survival. And, as predictably as water flows downstream, these politicians are looking for oddly-named… Read more »

Saving Salmon on the White River in Washington

Today’s guest blog about the #8 White River in Washington- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Dave Seabrook. Dave is a long-time salmon recovery activist in Tacoma, Washington, and a founding board member of the Puyallup Watershed Coalition. Tell the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fix the dam and modernize… Read more »

Another Look at Dam Removal: Searsville Dam

San francisquito, CA Searsville Dam | Matt Stoecker As part of our River Restoration Challenges Series this month, today I am talking about overcoming obstacles in order to remove the Searsville Dam on San Francisquito Creek in California. Over the last 10 years, a coalition of environmental groups, including American Rivers, has asked Stanford University… Read more »

What’s Happening Next on Town Brook?

Plymco Dam | AmySingler We have written about the exciting restoration of Town Brook in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The project is taking its next steps this month as we commence the removal of the next dam upstream, the Plymco Dam. This is the farthest upstream dam and makes for the fourth barrier removal on this short… Read more »

Big Things Happening at Bloede (Behind the Scenes)

Bloede Dam | Latrent Smith If you’ve been following our blog for the past couple of months, you have learned that dam removals can take time to complete. It can entail dozens of moving parts (and partners) and several steps to reach the finish line. For several years we have been working to restore the… Read more »

Conewango Creek Needs Your Vote for River of the Year

Since we posted the original blog (A Tale of Two Dams, found in its entirety below), some great things have happened. First, we successfully completed the dam removals in early September, 2014. The photos below show a comparison of Conewango Creek before and after the Hospital Dam (the largest of the two dams) was removed. Second, Conewango… Read more »

River Guardians Spring Conservation Update: Part 1 – National Successes

Welcome to Part 1 of the River Guardians Spring Conservation Update, which highlights some of American Rivers’ most recent national successes. Whether we’re removing dams, cleaning up trash, or advocating for legislation, all our work helps to revitalize rivers for both people and wildlife. Please enjoy! About the River Guardians River Guardians are among American… Read more »