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 »

Mill River returned to its streambed as Whittenton Dam removed

Demolition of the Whittenton Dam on Mill River, MA | © Rachel Calabro Demolition of the Whittenton Dam began on July 19 with the sound of heavy machinery in the air as state Sen. Marc Pacheco manned an excavator kicking off the removal. A little more than two weeks later, the Mill River was released… Read more »

Stearns Dam Removal, Crooked River, Oregon

In October 2013, Stearns Dam joined a list of other note-worthy Pacific Northwest dams: Elwha, Condit, Marmot and Savage Rapids when it was removed from the Crooked River. This project to restore fish passage and river processes to the Crooked River had been in development for 10 years. Implementation was realized with the assistance of… Read more »

What I Want for Christmas: A Bag of Rocks

All I want for Christmas is a bag of rocks! As a kid, so much of the fun of Christmas was the anticipation leading up to it, especially making a list for Santa and hoping to avoid the dreaded bag of rocks. Now that I have a few Christmases behind me, I get a similar… Read more »

White River, Washington

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014: White River Washington Threat: Outdated dam and fish passage facilities At Risk: Salmon, steelhead, and bull trout populations WhiteRiver, WA | © Stephanie Sarles Washington’s White River is a haven for salmon and steelhead, iconic fish treasured by tribes and recreational anglers. However, these fish are blocked by the… Read more »