Removing Briggsville Dam restores North Branch Hoosic River (MA)

The North Branch of the Hoosic River is a high quality cold water river in northwestern Massachusetts. The Briggsville Dam was no longer used and in poor condition. Its removal was particularly important for the owner, a large employer in the rural community, as it helped them avoid abandoning the facility and laying off employees…. Read more »

School kids send American Shad home to the Neuse

In a unique and utterly fun new program, schools around North Carolina have raised thousands of American shad fry (baby fish) to release into local rivers. American shad are migratory fish — meaning they live in the ocean but come to fresh water to spawn, often traveling hundreds of miles to do so. In the… 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 »

Watch the final video in our Year of the River series

We released a short film today with our partners at American Whitewater and the Hydropower Reform Coalition  that tells the story of historic dam removal successes on Washington’s Elwha and White Salmon rivers. The seven-minute film premiered at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in January and is the final installment in the “Year of the River” series by… Read more »

Clean Water Success on South Carolina’s Saluda

On the last weekend of July, a friend and I went to the Saluda River, just a few miles from downtown the Columbia, SC to cool off, kayak and fish – cooling off being the top priority with temperatures topping 100 degrees. We were not the only ones with that idea as we were joined… Read more »

The Fish are Back!

This blog is a reprint from Rachel Calabro’s blog on Mill River Restoration. River Herring swimming above the Hopewell Mill Dam, MA for the first time in 200 years! | © Rachel Calabro After 200 years, river herring have been spotted in the Mill River above the Hopewell Mills dam. The Division of Marine Fisheries… Read more »

Lower Snake River, ID, OR and WA

The salmon and steelhead of the Snake River are magnificent creatures, traveling over 900 miles from the sea to spawn in Idaho’s high mountain streams. These fish are central to the lives of many Pacific Northwesterners and to the health of the region’s environment and economy. Unfortunately, this icon of the region is threatened with… Read more »

Growing momentum for dam removals through collaboration

The Potomac Industrial Dam removal project serves as a model for collaboration between stakeholders | © American Rivers We’ve had a pretty good run these last couple of years when it comes to river restoration. As the freedom cry of salmon rang out with explosives at Condit Dam and construction equipment mobilized to dismantle the… Read more »

Darby Creek Restoration Project

Removal of Hoffman Park Dam at Lansdowne, PA Description: The Hoffman Park Dam was a stone masonry dam that was approximately 4 feet high and 40 feet long. The age of the dam is unknown; it appears in the PA DEP Division of Dam Safety records in 1919, but likely dates to the early- or… Read more »

Army Corps to Study Yuba River Salmon Passage

Salmon need help passing the 260-foot tall Englebright Dam | © Amit Patel The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) yesterday delivered to Congress its Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) work plan and its FY15 budget, and both of these budget documents allocate funding for the Corps to study fish passage over their dams on the… Read more »