Kennebec River Reborn 10 Years After Dam Removal

American Rivers * Atlantic Salmon Federation * Natural Resources Council of Maine * Trout Unlimited and its Kennebec Valley Chapter Augusta, ME – State, federal and local officials and conservation leaders gathered on the bank of the Kennebec River today to celebrate one of our nation’s most significant and successful river restoration projects. Ten years ago,… 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 »

Rivers of a Lost Coast

Our Board members continue to help spread the word about the importance of healthy rivers and the harmful consequences communities face when their rivers are damaged.  Most recently American Rivers Board member Tom Skerritt lent his acting skills to the new documentary Rivers of a Lost Coast. The film examines the history of the fly… 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 »

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 »

Conservation Group CEOs Ask Obama Administration to Change Bush Salmon Policy

Washington, DC –The heads of seven major environmental groups today called on the White House to “revisit and substantially improve” Bush administration salmon and dam management policies on the Snake and Columbia rivers.  The letter calls for the Obama administration to consider major changes to federal dam management and river operations “up to and including… Read more »

Stimulus Funds to Speed Timeline for Elwha Dam Removal

(Seattle, WA) – Removal of two dams on Washington’s Elwha River will begin no later than 2011, thanks to $54 million in federal economic recovery funds that American Rivers advocated for. The dam removal, which will be the largest in the nation’s history, was scheduled to begin in 2012. The funds will go toward preliminary… Read more »