DamNation film premieres at SXSW

Before/after of Condit Dam site on the White Salmon River | © Ben Knight, DamNation Congratulations to our friends at Felt Soul Media, Stoecker Ecological and Patagonia on the premiere of DamNation at SXSW today! You are going to love this film. You are going to want to watch it multiple times and share it with… Read more »

American Rivers’ DamNation Film Guide

DamNation continues to dazzle audiences with its sweeping vistas and the emotional way in which it blends the cultural and spiritual. The film explores the shift in attitude from a country built on dams—from the mill dam’s role in the industrial revolution to the great dam-building era of the New Deal—to one in which the… Read more »

How Long Does It Take to Remove a Dam?

Veazie Dam Breach | Cheryl Daigle, Penobscot River Restoration Trust We are often asked how long it takes to remove a dam. The answer is: it depends on the project. Project complexity, cost, and the regulatory environment all can play a role in the duration of a project. Sometimes even a great project can become… Read more »

Number Nine for Conemaugh

Demolition of the concrete core inside the earthen dam | Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy During the month of June, American Rivers removed the Commodore Dam on Hinty Run (a headwaters tributary of the Conemaugh River) in Indiana County, PA, bringing the total number of dams removed in the Conemaugh River watershed to nine. American Rivers assigns high… Read more »

Looking Ahead to Restoration of Gravel Run

Centreville Dam During the long days of summer, for many, a trek across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge means a jaunt to Ocean City, Maryland, or Rehoboth, Delaware. I’m now an old hand at resisting the siren call of the sandy beaches and ocean waves as I exit off of MD-301 and head for the quaint… Read more »

Get Wild and Scenic in California

South Yuba River, whose protection inspired SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival | Leslie Elias Mid-January is one of my favorite times of year in Nevada City, which is home to American Rivers’ main California regional office. It’s the time of year when, thanks to the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, our little mountain town… Read more »

Hydro “Power Grab” Bill

Clackamas River Project bypass | Lisa Brown, Water Watch Oregon Healthy rivers are essential to the health and well-being of our communities. Hydropower dams have major impacts on river health, clean water, and wildlife. For more than 20 years, we’ve been able to achieve balance between healthy rivers and hydropower production because all the stakeholders,… Read more »

62 Dams Removed to Restore Rivers in 2012

Washington, DC – Communities in 19 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 62 dams in 2012, American Rivers announced today. Outdated or unsafe dams came out of rivers in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania,… Read more »

Restored Flows Boost Health of North Fork Skokomish River

Seattle, WA For the first time in 80 years, more natural flows will surge down the North Fork Skokomish River today when Tacoma Power releases water from its Cushman hydroelectric project. The 240 cubic feet per second of increased flows are a crucial step in restoring the river’s health. For approximately 50 years, Tacoma Power… Read more »

The Maxwell Pond Dam on Black Brook to be Removed

Manchester, NH — The City of Manchester is taking an important step toward fostering a more resilient community this week as construction begins on the removal of the Maxwell Pond Dam on Black Brook. Reporters are invited to view the removal of the spillway and talk to dam removal experts on Monday, March 2 (details… Read more »