Dam Proposed for South Fork Skykomish would be an Economic Loser

A new economic study of the controversial Sunset Falls Dam on Washington’s South Fork of the Skykomish River, reveals the power generated at the proposed site would cost 2.3 times more than the Snohomish County Public Utility District (SnoPUD) estimates.  Rocky Mountain Econometrics (RME), an economic, business and energy consulting firm in Boise, Idaho, evaluated… Read more »

Lower Snake River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington — Four dams on the lower Snake River are driving salmon to the brink of extinction while preventing the Northwest from embracing 21st century energy and transportation opportunities. This threat landed the lower Snake in the number three spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers: 2009 edition. American Rivers and its partners called on the… Read more »

Demolition begins again at Elwha River dams

Since September, Glines Canyon Dam has been notched down 32 feet (at 210 feet tall, it’s the tallest dam ever removed). This photo was taken on Dec 15. Deconstruction kicks back into action today at the Elwha River dams, after a planned work stoppage since Nov. 1 (crews paused their sediment-releasing dam removal work to protect… Read more »

Fort Halifax Dam Removal Begins this Week

“Patience and perserverence have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” –John Quincy Adams A decade-long fight ended this week as removal began on the Fort Halifax Dam on the Sebasticook River in Maine. As the years dragged on, this battle became about more than honoring an agreement signed in conjunction with… Read more »

Innovative Infrastructure: The Back Bone of Healthy Communities

On Tuesday, President Obama kept returning to the importance of investing in infrastructure and encouraging innovation throughout his State of the Union address. That’s a great idea. Infrastructure systems can encourage economic growth, connect communities, and provide goods and services like safe drinking water. From bridges to water treatment plants, properly functioning infrastructure is critical… Read more »

Not Just a Drop in the Bucket

This morning I woke up, brushed my teeth, took a shower, brewed a cup of tea and made a bowl of oatmeal, filled my iron and pressed my clothes, washed my dishes, got ready for work and went to the office. With the exception of turning off the faucet as I was brushing, and being… Read more »

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 »