Saving Sierra Nevada Rivers from Misguided Dam Proposals

The South Sutter Water District recently proposed the 350-ft Garden Bar dam on the Bear River approximately 45 miles northeast of Sacramento, California (Map1). Garden Bar Reservoir would permanently flood approximately 2,500 acres in the lower Bear River, 900 of which are permanently protected public open space (Map2). At a cost of nearly half a… Read more »

The Hemlock Dam is Coming Down

It’s an exciting summer for steelhead in the Wind River watershed, WA. Starting this week, a dam removal is taking place all summer long on Trout Creek, a tributary to the Wind River, located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The Hemlock Dam Removal is the result of many years of hard work building partnerships… Read more »

Watch our new Elwha River dam removal film

We’re continuing to celebrate the world’s biggest dam removal on Washington’s Elwha River. Last week, a standing room only crowd of 300 at the Seattle REI store watched as we premiered a new film in our Year of the River series. Now you can see the video for yourself: The film by Andy Maser provides… Read more »

Rafting on the Recently Restored White Salmon River

Exposed bank of the former reservoir on the White Salmon River, WA – notice the old boat | American Rivers On Saturday I rafted the White Salmon River. With Condit Dam completely gone, the river is now free-flowing from its source high up in the snow-melt streams of Mount Adams all the way to the… Read more »

Finding the connection on Amethyst Brook

American Rivers’ staff at Orient Springs Dam, MA | Bob Irvin At American Rivers we like to say that rivers connect us, but how do you reconnect a river?  That was the question I was pondering on a cold April day along the banks of Amethyst Brook in western Massachusetts.  One of the things that… Read more »

Kellogg Creek Dam, OR

Kellogg Dam is located at the mouth of Kellogg Creek which is a tributary to the Willamette River in the City of Milwaukie, Oregon. The creek historically had populations of Coho salmon before the dam was constructed, but now this 16 foot high dam blocks passage for Coho and other salmonids. The City of Milwaukie… Read more »

Broad River, SC: Restoring Flows, Fish and Flowers

Running through the heart of Columbia, the Broad River is flowing once again to the benefit of rare rocky shoals spider lilies, resident and migratory fish and water-based recreation.  For decades the Broad River was dewatered, receiving only leakage flow from the Columbia Diversion Dam.  Now healthy flows up to 11 times more than before… 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 »