A 21st Century Flood Management Strategy for the Southeast

(Washington, DC) –  American Rivers voiced support today for efforts to help communities across Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi recover from recent floods and released a four point plan to prevent dangerous and damaging floods in the future. In Tennessee, after heavy rains dumped over 13 inches on May 1 and 2, Cumberland and Tennessee River… Read more »

New EPA $1.8 million grant program to restore and protect rivers, forests, and clean water throughout Potomac Highlands region

Washington, DC – Rivers and communities throughout parts of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia stand to benefit from a $1.8 million grant announced today by American Rivers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA’s grant program will help protect and restore the Potomac Highlands, the headwaters of the river that flows through our nation’s… Read more »

Coalition documents Obama’s ghoulish salmon plan

PORTLAND, Ore. – A coalition of fishing, business, and conservation organizations asked a federal judge today to declare President Obama’s Columbia and Snake river salmon recovery plan illegal. “We’d like to pretend this plan is just a ‘trick’ and the ‘treat’ is still to come,” said Michael Garrity of American Rivers. “But we can’t. We’ve… Read more »

Averting Water Wars in the Carolinas

Like many communities across the Southeast, Lancaster County, South Carolina is proposing a new reservoir as a way to attract and support new development. The new bi-state Catawba-Wateree River Basin Commission asked to hear from American Rivers at its December meeting about water efficiency and conservation alternatives to reservoirs. We were glad for the audience,… Read more »

Extra footage from our Sandy River film

Our film about the restoration of Oregon’s Sandy River, Unexpected Things Come Together on the River, continues to receive great feedback. It was recently shown at the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival in California. When we were shooting this past spring, we got so much great footage that there was no way we could… Read more »

Help us remove 100 dams in 2012!

  Let your elected officials know that you support dam removal in 2012!  Today we’re announcing a big river restoration goal: we want to remove 100 outdated, unsafe dams in 2012. Will you help us? Please take action and help spread the word. By removing obsolete dams we not only restore healthier, free-flowing rivers, we… Read more »

Making Hydropower Dams Work Better

Reintroducing steelhead fry | Credit: Hydropower Reform Coalition It’s a good year for rivers. Last week, the National Park Service began chipping away at the Glines Canyon and Elwha Dams. When the dams are removed in 2-3 years, it’ll be the culmination of a nearly 30-year effort to restore the Elwha River and its fisheries…. Read more »

Powerdale Dam Removal Underway on Oregon’s Hood River

Seven years after signing a settlement agreement with the dam owner, tribes, federal and state agencies, and conservation entities, removal of the 10-foot high and 206-foot long Powerdale dam on Oregon’s Hood River is finally underway. Water has been diverted around the existing dam, the last fish salvage effort has taken place, and the heavy equipment… Read more »

River Art: Fish Made of Elwha Dam Rebar

Salmon art crafted from rebar removed from the Elwha Dam What to do with all of the debris created by a dam removal? Serena posted about this last month, and I wanted to add one more way to repurpose old dam bits and pieces. We made this fish art out of a piece of rebar… Read more »

Sneak Preview of an Endangered River Success: The Penobscot

The release of America’s Most Endangered Rivers: 2010 edition is less than a week away. A couple days ago I gave you a sneak peek of one of our endangered rivers success stories, the Elwha. Today I want to share another one. Maine’s Penobscot River, New England’s second largest river, used to teem with Atlantic… Read more »