Stimulus Funds to Speed Timeline for Elwha Dam Removal

(Seattle, WA) – Removal of two dams on Washington’s Elwha River will begin no later than 2011, thanks to $54 million in federal economic recovery funds that American Rivers advocated for. The dam removal, which will be the largest in the nation’s history, was scheduled to begin in 2012. The funds will go toward preliminary… Read more »

American Rivers and NHA Pleased to Host Workshop on Climate Change and Hydropower

Washington, DC — American Rivers and the National Hydropower Association (NHA) are pleased to host today’s joint workshop, “Climate Change and Hydropower Management: Is Existing Science Useful Yet?” The event features representatives from scientific organizations, conservation groups, industry, academics, and regulators.  Topics include: An Overview of Science and Regional Impacts Models and Approaches Using Climate Projections… Read more »

Contract for Largest Dam Removal in US History to be Awarded Today

Seattle – The effort to restore a free-flowing Elwha River will reach a critical milestone today, as the National Park Service awards the contract for construction work to remove two outdated dams. Deconstruction will begin in 2011. Brett Swift, Northwest Regional Director for American Rivers, made the following statement: “This is a critical milestone in… Read more »

Elwha and White Salmon River Restoration Projects Show Great Success

Washington, DC – One year since two of the nation’s most significant river restoration projects began, American Rivers is applauding the progress and significant economic, environmental, and social benefits that have already started to accrue.  The nation’s leading river conservation organization also warned against an extreme piece of legislation that would hurt river restoration efforts… Read more »

Dams, Fish and Mussels, oh my! Sampling the Uwharrie River, NC

A recent field trip to the Uwharrie River in North Carolina reminded me of the incredible biological diversity of Southeastern rivers. The Southeast is home to almost 2/3 of all the freshwater fish species in North America, and over 90% of the freshwater mussels. Yet much of this diversity is being lost at a frightening… Read more »

Flying Fish

More news from our Herring Warden up in Massachusetts… Herring are preyed upon by a lot of organisms. Just a few include: striped bass, osprey, gulls, cormorants, herons, and seals. Over the last couple months, I’ve seen them gobbled up by all of the above except seals. Osprey are my favorite herring hunters since their hunting tactic of… Read more »

Hurricane Irene Underscores Need For Better Preparation

Over the past week Mother Nature has done a fine job of reminding those of us on the East Coast that she’s the one that’s really in charge. Between the earthquake that shocked us all, and Hurricane Irene still wreaking havoc as it moves up the east coast, we’re reminded that as much as we… Read more »

Northeast dam removals bringing river back to life this summer

As some really big dam removals on the Pacific Northwest’s Elwha and White Salmon Rivers are grabbing the headlines, “small” dam removals continue to be completed around the country. American Rivers provided technical assistance on two projects currently in (de)construction in the Northeast, and helped fund these projects through our partnership with the NOAA Restoration… Read more »

Removing a Dam to Restore the River

It’s the Year of the River, and talk of dam removal is happening in every region of the country. My opinion piece about restoring the Savannah River, a shared treasure of South Carolina and Georgia – by removing the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam, was recently published in the Augusta Chronicle. It sparked a… Read more »