American Rivers opens Colorado office to protect and restore state’s rivers

(Denver) – American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, today announced it is opening a new office in Denver to protect and restore the state’s rivers and the many benefits they provide to people and wildlife.  “From the Arkansas to the Platte to the Colorado, our state is blessed with world-class rivers,” said Matt… Read more »

A Pivotal Hearing for the Columbia and Snake Rivers

This coming Monday there is a court hearing that will help determine the future of the Columbia and Snake rivers and their salmon. At stake is the legality of a plan for operating the federal dams on the Columbia and lower Snake — American Rivers and its allies argue that the plan isn’t strong enough… Read more »

Economic Stimulus and Habitat Restoration

Unless you live under a rock, you have probably heard by now that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has been signed into law. What might not be quite as evident is that, tucked among its 407 pages, is funding for habitat restoration. This is funding that will be able to be used… Read more »

Gold Ray Dam on the Rogue River is coming out!

After years of analysis and negotiation, Gold Ray dam is coming out this summer! Gold Ray Dam on the Rogue River is an old hydroelectric dam that has not been used for power generation for several decades, but has been a significant barrier to salmon and steelhead migration on the Rogue River. The Rogue is one of… Read more »

It’s Green River Day! Share Your Love For The Green!

Take Action to Protect the Green River Let Congress know you support the Clean Water Act! Today is Green River Day!  It is time to speak up on behalf of the Green River, our #2 this year on the list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®. Do you love canyons?  Rafting?  Fishing?  The Wild Wild West? … Read more »

Oysters Get New Habitat from Dam Pieces

Concrete from the Simkins Dam is headed to its new home today thanks to NOAA and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The dam, which originally blocked more than 22 miles of habitat for migratory fish in the Patapsco River, was removed in December 2010 due to the efforts of American Rivers, the NOAA Restoration Center, the… Read more »

Seeing *is* believing

Working out of our headquarters office doesn’t always provide as many opportunities to actually get out in the field as some of us would like. However, I do feel blessed that my position with the River Restoration program gives me more chances than most. Earlier this month one such opportunity arose. With the arrival of… Read more »

Time for a 21st Century Approach to Flood Management

Download the “Natural Defenses” report Throughout history, we have built up and encroached upon the areas that naturally provide us with multiple benefits – our rivers, floodplains, wetlands, and upland areas.  For far too long we have ignored the inevitable impacts of watershed development, piece meal flood control approaches, and agricultural practices, trading off our… Read more »

What’s So Bad About Dams, Anyway?

  In our line of work removing old dams to restore rivers, one of the most common questions people ask is “what’s so bad about dams, anyway?” It’s a great question and could be a short or long answer, depending on how detailed you want to get. I’ll attempt to summarize the key issues here…. Read more »