American Rivers Announces a New Position to Improve North Carolina’s Rivers

Durham, NC — American Rivers announced today that it has hired a new Associate Director for River Restoration to help North Carolina communities remove unsafe and outdated dams. As the Associate Director of River Restoration, Lynnette Batt will work with communities across the state to restore healthy rivers by providing technical assistance and general guidance… Read more »

Fishing the Green River in Colorado

Green River, CO | Carfull…vacation over A couple weeks ago I joined Scott Willoughby of the Denver Post on a float fishing trip on the Green River in the remote Northwest corner of Colorado.  Few people know about or have much less fished this section of one of the West’s most iconic trout rivers.  We… Read more »

How Restoring Rivers can Make us More Resilient

Climate change will fundamentally impact our streams and rivers in ways that threaten species, ecosystems, and communities. In the Northwest region, we are already concerned that increased rain and flooding in the winter, coupled with decreasing summer streamflows and smaller mountain snowpacks, will significantly change our rivers’ systems in the coming years and decades.  That… Read more »

Moving beyond the “Is hydropower green?” question

 There has been a recent flurry of news about hydropower and whether it should be considered a “green” source of power. Grist’s Ask Umbra column featured a discussion about whether a hydro project on one’s backyard stream is a sustainable way to generate power for home energy purposes. In a piece about dams in the… Read more »

Reduce, Reuse, RecycleIt Even Applies to Dams!

Millstone from dam | Credit: Spamily We talk a lot about removing dams on here, and it got us thinking. Do you ever wonder what happens to the actual material from the dam once it’s removed from a river? While the answer to this question depends largely on what type of material (concrete, earth, timber,… Read more »

Saving Sierra Nevada rivers from misguided dam proposals

The South Sutter Water District recently proposed the 350-ft Garden Bar dam on the Bear River approximately 45 miles northeast of Sacramento California. Garden Bar Reservoir would permanently flood approximately 2,500 acres in the lower Bear River, 900 of which are permanently protected public open space (Map2). At a cost of nearly half a billion… Read more »

The Beautiful Sky

Today’s guest blog for our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series is a story of love for the South Fork Skykomish River from Jeff Smith, a local resident: Take Action to Protect theSkykomish River Tell Congress to support restoration and long-term planning on the Missouri River! The Skykomish River flows from a distant vault in time… Read more »

Voices of the river: The Elwha and Dick Goin

I recently met Jennifer Galvin, a filmmaker with Reel Blue (www.reelblue.net). She is producing a film about the dam removal and river restoration effort on Washington’s Elwha River – a project American Rivers, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, and others have worked on for decades. With dam removal set to begin on September 17, excitement… Read more »

Second of Two Dam Removals near Troy, North Carolina

Dam removal on the Denson’s Creek, NC | American Rivers “I have to say that this was the most rewarding project that I have worked on in my 29 years with the Service.” – Ricky Campbell, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Excavator Operator The US Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with the Town of… Read more »