Flint River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington— A proposal to dam the Flint River would waste massive amounts of taxpayer dollars, destroy fishing and boating opportunities, and would not solve Georgia’s water needs. This threat landed the Flint in the number two spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers: 2009 edition. American Rivers and its partners called on Congress to oppose any… Read more »

Lower Snake River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington — Four dams on the lower Snake River are driving salmon to the brink of extinction while preventing the Northwest from embracing 21st century energy and transportation opportunities. This threat landed the lower Snake in the number three spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers: 2009 edition. American Rivers and its partners called on the… Read more »

American Rivers named Outstanding Conservation Organization for 2008

(Camp Hill, PA) –  American Rivers was named Outstanding Conservation Organization for 2008 today by the Berks County Conservation District. The award recognizes the work of American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, to protect and restore the district’s rivers. “We are honored to receive this award,” said Rebecca Wodder, president of American Rivers…. Read more »

Ecology of Dam Removal

Read the full report (PDF) Introduction Rivers and their restoration are complex, and any effort to rehabilitate a river system needs to be based on a sound understanding of the ecological benefits and drawbacks of a proposed restoration plan. Over the past three decades, the scientific community has advanced our understanding of rivers and helped… Read more »

Exploring Dam Removal: A Decision Making Guide

Read the full report (PDF) Introduction There are approximately 75,000 dams greater than six feet high in the waterways of the United States. Many thousands of smaller dams also block our nation’s rivers1. Dams provide important benefits to society. They generate hydropower, provide water for crops and human consumption, help manage floods, create navigable waterways,… Read more »

Beyond Dams: Options and Alternatives

Read the full report (PDF) Introduction Rivers weave in and out of our lives, providing innumerable benefits to communities across the world. In the United States, we rely on our rivers for drinking water, irrigation, aquatic habitat, fisheries, energy, navigation, recreation and simply the natural beauty they bring to our landscapes. Humans have been building… Read more »

Dam Removal Success Stories

Read the full report (PDF) Introduction  Few human actions have more significant impacts on a river system than the presence of a dam. As a result, dams occupy a central role in the debate about protecting and restoring our river resources. Many of the major environmental campaigns in the United States, and around the world,… Read more »

American Rivers and NOAA Award $290,000 to Restore Rivers and Improve Fish Passage in Six States

 Washington, D.C. – Rivers and fisheries nationwide are getting a boost, thanks to a partnership between American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restoration Center. $290,000 in Community-based Habitat Restoration Program Partnership grants were awarded this year to reconnect fragmented river habitat, improve river health and… Read more »

Dam Removal and Historic Preservation: Reconciling Dual Objective

Read the Full Report (PDF)  Introduction “History is a guide to navigation in perilous times.  History is who we are and why we are the way we are.”–David C. McCullough, author “America is a great story, and there is a river on every page of it.”– Charles Kuralt, author Did you ever have a favorite place… Read more »

The Proof is in the Pudding

Logically, using dam removal as a technique to restore a river and allow fish to access historic habitat makes sense. However, an important component of demonstrating the success of river restoration projects such as these is being able to gather baseline data before a project starts and monitor the project following implementation. The true rewards… Read more »