Permitting Dam Removal: The State of (Several) States

Read the full report (PDF) Introduction Dam owners and communities are increasingly considering the option of removing dams that are unsafe, obsolete or simply causing more harm than good. But as more dam removal projects are proposed, many states are finding that the application of existing permitting processes can be unreasonably complicated, time consuming, and expensive… Read more »

An Illustrative Handbook on Nature-Like Fishways, Summarized Version

Read the full report (PDF)  Abstract Nature-like fishways are being constructed worldwide as a fish passage solution that enhances aquatic habitat as well as passes a large variety of fish species and life stages. The design philosophy for these fishways is ecologically minded, aiming to achieve a good fit with the specific riverine environment they… Read more »

Saving rivers — and having fun while we’re at it

There are scores of reasons to protect and restore rivers:  public health, clean drinking water, our shared responsibility to safeguard our natural heritage… the list goes on and on. The reason on my mind today is recreation. It’s summer – prime time for fishing, boating, and swimming in the great outdoors – and a good… Read more »

Trout Creek Open for Steelhead

Last month I blogged about the start of dam removal on Hemlock Dam and stream restoration on Trout Creek, a tributary to the Wind River in Washington .  This week, the exciting news is that the dam removal is complete, and the stream channel has been restored and resdesigned to emulate a natural and historic… Read more »

Envisioning a Restored Klamath River

Updated January 2007 Debates over restoration of river ecosystems can become contentious and polarizing: residents in an area faced with river management decisions may have a deep-rooted concern about large-scale landscape change, and fear of the unknown.  People are often unsure what the impacts of restoration might look like, and what the consequences could be… Read more »

See a Newly Free Flowing Salmon River!

Thanks to Pat Manchester, with the Town of Fort Covington in New York, you can see a video of the newly revived Salmon River.  The Fort Covington Dam was recently taken down thanks in part to funding provided by the American Rivers-NOAA Community-based Habitat Restoration Partnership. This project will improve public safety and enhance recreational boating… Read more »

The Hemlock Dam is Coming Down

It’s an exciting summer for steelhead in the Wind River watershed, WA. Starting this week, a dam removal is taking place all summer long on Trout Creek, a tributary to the Wind River, located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The Hemlock Dam Removal is the result of many years of hard work building partnerships… Read more »