2010 Dam Removals

See a full list of dams removed in 2010  See a full list of dams removed/slated for removal in 2009 See our past list of dams removed from 1998-2008 American Rivers, the leading conservation organization fighting for healthy rivers so communities can thrive, today announced its annual list of 60 dams that were removed in… Read more »

7000 Reasons to Remove a Small, Outdated Dam

The Lassiter Mill Dam removal would never have happened without the collaboration between all our project partners | © United States Fish & Wildlife Service This week we took another step in restoring the rivers of North Carolina by removing the Lassiter Mill Dam on the Uwharrie River. This project, which American Rivers has actively supported… Read more »

Dam Removal on the Battenkill: Good News for Wild Trout

Amy Singler at Dufresne Dam Removal, Battenkill River, VT | © Amy Signler Most fly fishermen are familiar with the Battenkill in Vermont and NY as an iconic trout stream in American fishing. The Orvis Company headquarters are located along it, and they named one of their most popular reels after it. Renowned fly fishing… Read more »

Unneeded Dam on First Broad River Turned Back

The First Broad River, NC will continue to run free! | © Peter Raabe I am excited to share a great victory for rivers with you: the proposed impoundment on the First Broad River in North Carolina has been sent back to the drawing board! The water authority in Cleveland County, North Carolina has been… Read more »

Clear Problem, Clear Solution

Today’s guest blog about the #8 White River in Washington- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Bill Anderson, Executive Director of Citizens for a Healthy Bay. Citizens for a Healthy Bay is an environmental organization whose mission is to represent and engage citizens in the cleanup, restoration, and protection of Commencement… Read more »

Some River Restoration Projects Are Worth The Wait

John C. Boyle Dam, Klamath River | American Rivers Throughout the month of June, we will be talking on our blog and social media about the challenges that we face when doing river restoration projects around the country. In some cases, restoration work is fairly straightforward and follows a relatively predictable timeline. However, sometimes unexpected circumstances may… Read more »

Intervention: The Road to Removal of Harvell Dam

Harvell Dam on the Appomattox River, Virginia By the time you read this, work will be underway to remove the Harvell Dam on the Appomattox River. As the first obstruction on the river, the Harvell Dam has long been deemed the most critical fish passage site on the Appomattox and one of the highest priority… Read more »

Mapping Dam Removal Success

Union Dam, Patapsco River, MD Earlier this year, American Rivers was excited to release our map of over 1,150 dam removals and counting from across the United States. The interactive map provides both a tool for river advocates and a lens through which to view the success of dam removal. Using our dam removal map,… Read more »

How Do You Get a Fish Upstream? Launch It.

Anadromous fish such as salmon and steelhead have a rough time when it comes to finding their way home. Dams and other man-made barriers can present insurmountable obstacles, cutting them off from long stretches of their historic spawning habitat. Fortunately, an innovative technique just might help salmon find their way: the salmon cannon. I’ll let… Read more »

Collaborative Plan Provides Vision for Nooksack River

Upper Nooksack River, WA | Scott Willison It is such a thrill to complete a project! Especially a two and half year collaborative, planning project that involves several organizations, governments and individuals who have spent hundreds of hours in meetings, on field tours and site assessments, and researching and writing detailed information. It gives me… Read more »