Steps Towards a Solution for Martis Creek Dam

Map of Truckee River watershed | U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers/American Rivers The Army Corps of Engineers considers Martis Creek Dam, located near Lake Tahoe on a tributary to the Truckee River, one of the top 6 highest risk Corps dams in the nation. It is classified in the Corps’ most severe risk category, requiring… Read more »

Revisiting the Restored Sisquoc River

Garter snake on Sisquoc River, CA flicks his tongue onthe water to attract small fish | Kerri McClean On a hike in Los Padres National Forest outside of Santa Barbara, CA, I saw this aquatic garter snake while rock-hopping across Manzana Creek.  Aquatic garter snakes flick their tongues to mimic the presence of an insect… Read more »

Patapsco River, MD

American Rivers is working with the Friends of the Patapsco Valley State Park, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to remove several dams on the beautiful Patapsco River. Nestled largely within the Patapsco Valley State Park, the Patapsco River flows for almost 35 miles through Sykesville, Ellicott City,… Read more »

Mill River returned to its streambed as Whittenton Dam removed

Demolition of the Whittenton Dam on Mill River, MA | © Rachel Calabro Demolition of the Whittenton Dam began on July 19 with the sound of heavy machinery in the air as state Sen. Marc Pacheco manned an excavator kicking off the removal. A little more than two weeks later, the Mill River was released… Read more »

Stearns Dam Removal, Crooked River, Oregon

In October 2013, Stearns Dam joined a list of other note-worthy Pacific Northwest dams: Elwha, Condit, Marmot and Savage Rapids when it was removed from the Crooked River. This project to restore fish passage and river processes to the Crooked River had been in development for 10 years. Implementation was realized with the assistance of… Read more »

What I Want for Christmas: A Bag of Rocks

All I want for Christmas is a bag of rocks! As a kid, so much of the fun of Christmas was the anticipation leading up to it, especially making a list for Santa and hoping to avoid the dreaded bag of rocks. Now that I have a few Christmases behind me, I get a similar… Read more »

White River, Washington

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014: White River Washington Threat: Outdated dam and fish passage facilities At Risk: Salmon, steelhead, and bull trout populations WhiteRiver, WA | © Stephanie Sarles Washington’s White River is a haven for salmon and steelhead, iconic fish treasured by tribes and recreational anglers. However, these fish are blocked by the… Read more »

Patapsco River Fish Ladder Damaged in Storms

Bloede Dam, Patapsco River, MD | NOAA Earlier this month, I shared a blog about fish ladders and the challenges that fish face in using them. It turns out that a big storm that week really wreaked havoc on a fish ladder at one of our dam removal project sites— the Bloede Dam in Patapsco… Read more »

Confronting Restoration Challenges in Urban Areas

Sewer, gas, and water lines created an added challenge to the Easton Dam removal, Lehigh River, PA | PA Fish & Boat Commission As we have been talking about river restoration challenges this month, it is important to recognize that different challenges exist in different environments. Today, I am going to talk about some of… Read more »

Update on San Francisquito Creek, CA

American Rivers is redesigning this and other San Francisquito culverts to improve steelhead passage in the watershed. American Rivers’ staff are making great progress in San Francisquito Creek, which was listed as #5 on our list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers in the country earlier this year. San Francisquito Creek is located south of San… Read more »