Celebrate Migratory Fish Throughout May

On May 24, 2014, people around the world will gather to celebrate the inaugural World Fish Migration Day (WFMD). WFMD is a one-day global initiative to raise awareness on the importance migratory fish. Local events are being planned by dozens of organizations and state and federal agencies to improve the public’s understanding of the critical… Read more »

7 Challenges That Can Delay River Restoration Projects

This blog is a part of our series this month on River Restoration Challenges. River restoration projects are multi-stage projects, including project design, permitting, construction, and monitoring. Projects can also contain multiple components, such as the removal of a dam or other barrier, riparian corridor improvements, or water trail creation. Each stage can present issues… Read more »

New Mexico Moves to Divert the Gila River

Tell the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission that water diversion projects are too costly for the environment and for taxpayers. Say NO to dams on the Gila River. Recently, I traveled to southwestern New Mexico to tour the area around one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014, the Gila. I saw lush valleys with… Read more »

Elwha River Uplift

This is a guest blog by Dylan Tomine, originally published on his website and reprinted with permission. The kids and I decided to squeeze in one last, close-to-home, weekday excursion before school started, so we headed over to the newly dam-free Elwha River for a little float. The last piece of the upper dam was… Read more »

First Dam Removal in the State of Delaware

White Clay Creek flows freely at the former site of the Byrnes Mill Dam. Portions of the historic structure and millrace remain intact following the December 2014 removal. On December 4th, 2014 the Byrnes Mill Dam on White Clay Creek in Delaware, also known as White Clay Creek Dam No. 1, was breached to allow… Read more »

Want to remove a dam? Not sure where to start? Check this guide out.

As a national leader on dam removal, American Rivers strives to provide resources to the public to help inspire, educate, and ultimately increase the comfort level of groups working on-the-ground that would like to get involved in opening up rivers across the country. Did you know that we have an entire online resource center packed… Read more »

Puget Sound Action Agenda Includes River Protection; Elwha Dam Removal

Seattle, Wa— American Rivers, a leader in river conservation and salmon recovery in Washington, applauded the Puget Sound Partnership today on the release of their Action Agenda for recovering Puget Sound to health. The Partnership included support for important restoration projects like removal of the Glines Canyon and Elwha dams on the Elwha River. In… Read more »

54 Dams Slated for Removal in 2007

Washington, D.C. — With dams across the country falling into disrepair, dam owners in 12 states have chosen to eliminate obsolete infrastructure by removing their dams. An annual survey of government agencies and private conservation organizations shows that 54 dams in 12 states have been removed or are slated for removal in 2007. Since 1999,… Read more »

Removal of Steeles Mill Dam Begins on Hitchcock Creek

Raleigh, NC —Hitchcock Creek, a tributary of the Pee Dee River, will soon flow freely thanks to the removal of the 110 year old Steeles Mill Dam. The dam removal marks the beginning of a renaissance for Hitchcock Creek, and is emblematic of a river restoration trend in North Carolina and nationwide. The dam removal… Read more »

Forge Pond Dam Breach is a Wake Up Call for Dam Owners

(Northampton, MA) – American Rivers today called the breach of the Forge Pond Dam in Freetown a wake up call for dam owners statewide. The 300 year old dam is one of the most unsafe dams in Massachusetts. It breached last night, threatening nearby homes with floodwaters. The breach is linked to recent storms, which… Read more »