Hoover Dam | US Bureau of Reclamation The iconic Hoover Dam went into service on October 9, 1936 to manage the Colorado River water supply for cities of the Southwest and to irrigate the region’s farmland. It also generates hydroelectricity, which is sold to the states of Nevada and Arizona, Southern California Edison Co., the… Read more »
Download the 2014 Dam Removals list [PDF] Download a comprehensive list of dams removed 1998-2014 [PDF] Explore the interactive map of all dam removals (Washington) — Communities in 19 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 72 dams in 2014, restoring more than 730 miles of streams for the… Read more »
A local fishing guide, Bob Rees, explains why he cares about the Columbia River Treaty. The Columbia River is one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2015.
PG&E is touting its commitment to environmental stewardship – so why are they supporting harmful hydropower legislation?
(Washington) — The final federal Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Black Rock dam proposal was released today by the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation. According to the EIS, none of the alternatives evaluated for the Storage Study proved economically justifiable based on the costs and benefits measured. The cost of the… Read more »
Nevada City, CA – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today released its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on PacifiCorp’s Klamath hydropower project, concluding: Dam removal would improve water quality, reduce fish disease and increase fall chinook spawning by more than 20,000 fish in the project area alone. Removing all four dams and replacing their generation would… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »