Potomac Highlands Restoration – Grant Program

American Rivers – EPA Potomac Highlands Implementation Grant Program The Potomac Highlands region hosts some of most diverse and globally important resources on Earth, supporting more than 116 different fish species. But rivers and streams in the Highlands suffer from a long history of logging, mining, and dam construction. Thankfully, additional funding is now available to… Read more »

Beyond Dams: Options and Alternatives

Read the full report (PDF) Introduction Rivers weave in and out of our lives, providing innumerable benefits to communities across the world. In the United States, we rely on our rivers for drinking water, irrigation, aquatic habitat, fisheries, energy, navigation, recreation and simply the natural beauty they bring to our landscapes. Humans have been building… Read more »

Ecology of Dam Removal

Read the full report (PDF) Introduction Rivers and their restoration are complex, and any effort to rehabilitate a river system needs to be based on a sound understanding of the ecological benefits and drawbacks of a proposed restoration plan. Over the past three decades, the scientific community has advanced our understanding of rivers and helped… Read more »

Exploring Dam Removal: A Decision Making Guide

Read the full report (PDF) Introduction There are approximately 75,000 dams greater than six feet high in the waterways of the United States. Many thousands of smaller dams also block our nation’s rivers1. Dams provide important benefits to society. They generate hydropower, provide water for crops and human consumption, help manage floods, create navigable waterways,… Read more »

Dam Removal Success Stories

Read the full report (PDF) Introduction  Few human actions have more significant impacts on a river system than the presence of a dam. As a result, dams occupy a central role in the debate about protecting and restoring our river resources. Many of the major environmental campaigns in the United States, and around the world,… Read more »

American Rivers and NOAA Award $290,000 to Restore Rivers and Improve Fish Passage in Six States

 Washington, D.C. – Rivers and fisheries nationwide are getting a boost, thanks to a partnership between American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restoration Center. $290,000 in Community-based Habitat Restoration Program Partnership grants were awarded this year to reconnect fragmented river habitat, improve river health and… Read more »

Dam Removal and Historic Preservation: Reconciling Dual Objective

Read the Full Report (PDF)  Introduction “History is a guide to navigation in perilous times.  History is who we are and why we are the way we are.”–David C. McCullough, author “America is a great story, and there is a river on every page of it.”– Charles Kuralt, author Did you ever have a favorite place… Read more »

The Proof is in the Pudding

Logically, using dam removal as a technique to restore a river and allow fish to access historic habitat makes sense. However, an important component of demonstrating the success of river restoration projects such as these is being able to gather baseline data before a project starts and monitor the project following implementation. The true rewards… Read more »

Dam Removal: Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Dam Removal: Frequently asked questions (FAQs) 1) What is a dam? There are a number of technical and legal definitions of a dam but generally it is any structure that impounds or diverts water. 2) How many dams are there in the United States? The exact number of dams is not known. There are approximately… Read more »

Maxwell Pond Dam Comes Down

Some people go sledding, but I consider this the ultimate snow day. Despite snow that sometimes fell as much as two inches per hour, the City of Manchester and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services were out removing the Maxwell Pond Dam yesterday and making way for a cleaner, safer Black Brook this spring…. Read more »