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 »

The 10th Anniversary of the Removal of Maine’s Edwards Dam

A Historic River Restoration Success Ten years ago, on July 1, 1999, American Rivers and our partners celebrated a historic success when Edwards Dam was removed from the Kennebec River in Augusta, Maine. The dam removal marked a turning point for river conservation in our country.  Since then, more than 600 outdated dams have been removed… Read more »

Day in the Life: Denise Hoffert-Hay, River Restoration Program

Sterns Dam, Crooked River, OR | © Scott Wright, P.E., River Design Group 7:00PM A site visit to a dam in Central Oregon starts the night before with packing the field rig, putting together the details that make a difference when a site is more than three hours from the office: camera battery charged, boots… Read more »

East Coast Dam Removals Continue To Open Up Blocked Rivers

American Rivers is playing a significant role in dam removal projects up and down the east coast. In 2013 alone, we removed over 40 dams in the United States. In the Northeast restoration is underway on the Penobscot River, the Mid-Atlantic is seeing the return of American shad on the Patapsco River, and the Southeast… Read more »

Announcing America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014!

#1 Most Endangered River is the San Joaquin, CA | © Sarah Craig The time has come! Today, American Rivers is announcing our report on America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014! And the Most Endangered River in the nation this year is: SAN JOAQUIN RIVER (California)! Outdated water management and excessive diversions, compounded by the… Read more »

Is Damming Every River in the US Really a Clean Energy Solution?

65.5 Gigawatts of energy of new hydropower on our rivers? Hair-raising indeed. The Department of Energy just published a report titled the “New Stream-reach Development Assessment: A Comprehensive Assessment of Hydropower Energy Potential in the United States.” This new report estimated the technical hydropower potential of the USA. The Department of Energy scientists did what… Read more »

11 Projects to Watch: Dam Removal Construction Season Kicks Off

Many of us associate summer with deciding which of the latest beach reads we’ll indulge in or plotting our next outdoor adventure. However, at American Rivers, summer also means the official kickoff to dam removal construction season! Lower water levels and an end to the spring migratory fish runs often make this the perfect time… Read more »

Why Remove Dams Around the Chesapeake Bay?

Shad Fishing in the early part of the 20th century | Library of Congress Last month, I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of engaged, intelligent people at the local Patagonia store here in Washington, D.C. as a follow-up to a June screening of DamNation. Have you seen the film yet? It’s pretty… Read more »