New York State Governor Paterson’s New Executive Order May Put Communities at Risk of Dam Failure

Albany— An Executive Order (EO-17), recently signed by New York’s Governor David Paterson, to relieve property taxes could result in increased dam failures in communities statewide.  Per the order, the critical responsibilities of governmental dam owners may be “unfunded mandates” of questionable community investment.  Stephanie Lindloff, River Restoration Program Director for American Rivers, made the… Read more »

American Rivers signs agreements for world’s largest river restoration project

Washington, DC — It’s official. After years of negotiations, American Rivers will join Interior Secretary Salazar, Oregon Governor Kulongoski, and California Governor Schwarzenegger today to sign historic agreements to mount an unprecedented restoration effort on the Klamath River, one of America’s greatest river systems. In what will be the world’s biggest dam removal project, the… Read more »

It’s Official: Removing Klamath Dams Saves Money for Power Customers

Salem, OR – Today the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) – the Oregon agency charged with protecting utility customers – formally ruled, after months of investigation, that the proposed Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA) is indeed in the best interests of PacifiCorp ratepayers as well as the cheapest alternative for the company. The basis of… Read more »

Whittenton Dam Removal Begins in Taunton

TAUNTON, MA – Eight years after a near-tragedy brought public attention to this dilapidated structure, the Whittenton Dam is being removed, both to ensure public safety and to restore the ecological health of the Mill River. “River restoration pays off for fish and people. Last year, the Hopewell Mills Dam was removed from the Mill… Read more »

The 10th Anniversary of the Edwards Dam Removal on Maine’s Kennebec River

American Rivers * Natural Resources Council of Maine * Trout Unlimited* Atlantic Salmon Federation Augusta, ME – State, Federal, and local officials, along with conservation leaders, will gather on the bank of the Kennebec River in Augusta, Maine on June 30 for a press conference to celebrate the tenth anniversary of one of our nation’s… Read more »

Desperate Alewives

Culverts funded for replacement on Muscongus Brook in Bremen, Maine | © Amy Singler Maine Public Broadcasting Network program Sustainable Maine recently aired a great episode titled, “Desperate Alewives.” The program focuses on the anadromous alewives that once migrated up New England rivers by the millions but have declined dramatically. The information on the history… Read more »

Invest in dam safety to protect people, property

Originally posted on : TheState.com When a Lexington County earthen dam sprung a leak this past week, threatening downstream homes, officials quickly went to work to shore up the dam and avoid a flooding disaster. But this problem could have been avoided if the state hadn’t slashed funding for dam safety inspections over the past… Read more »

Not Your Typical Cleanup

American Rivers’ National River Cleanup™ offers a variety of support to registered river cleanup organizers. Generally, river cleanups involve walking along a shoreline or paddling in boats to remove typical debris like bottles, food containers, and packaging. But in the case of the Friends of the Patapsco Valley State Park cleanup—this trash isn’t typical! Volunteers… Read more »

Removing Dufresnse Dam on the Battenkill will restore trout habitat

See more photos of the Dufresne Dam. Brian Graber of our River Restoration Program tours the Dufresne Dam site on the Battenkill in Manchester, Vermont, which is planned for removal in summer 2012. The Battenkill is a popular cold water fishery with the Orvis flagship store also in Manchester. The Dufresne Dam is owned by… Read more »