Ten Blogs about Migratory Fish You Might Have Missed

Alewives | The Nature Conservancy To celebrate World Fish Migration Day later this month, we’ve been blogging about all things migratory fish. So far we’ve written about the economic benefits of restoring river herring, asked whether fish can climb ladders, and provided a few fast facts about migratory species. But we have been blogging about… Read more »

Is Damming Every River in the US Really a Clean Energy Solution?

65.5 Gigawatts of energy of new hydropower on our rivers? Hair-raising indeed. The Department of Energy just published a report titled the “New Stream-reach Development Assessment: A Comprehensive Assessment of Hydropower Energy Potential in the United States.” This new report estimated the technical hydropower potential of the USA. The Department of Energy scientists did what… Read more »

Patapsco River Fish Ladder Damaged in Storms

Bloede Dam, Patapsco River, MD | NOAA Earlier this month, I shared a blog about fish ladders and the challenges that fish face in using them. It turns out that a big storm that week really wreaked havoc on a fish ladder at one of our dam removal project sites— the Bloede Dam in Patapsco… Read more »

Migratory Fish and the Dollars They Bring

Osprey Catches Alewife, Damariscotta Mills, Maine | Keith Carver For many of us it never gets old to see a river flowing free after a restoration, new plants growing in the restored area, and fish and wildlife returning to the reopened habitat. However, that beautiful landscape or recovery of an endangered species isn’t the only… Read more »

Haw River Reconnection

Haw River, NC | © American Rivers The Haw River in central NC has a number of problems facing it which led to us listing it as one of the nation’s Most Endangered Rivers® this year. Millions of gallons of raw sewage from spills and millions of gallons of polluted runoff (i.e., rainwater that picks up… Read more »

American Rivers’ DamNation Film Guide

DamNation continues to dazzle audiences with its sweeping vistas and the emotional way in which it blends the cultural and spiritual. The film explores the shift in attitude from a country built on dams—from the mill dam’s role in the industrial revolution to the great dam-building era of the New Deal—to one in which the… Read more »

Ten Things You Might Not Know About Migratory Fish

School of Juvenile Chinook Salmon| © USFWS In celebration of the upcoming World Fish Migration Day on May 24th, below we share 10 fun facts about migratory fish! When most people think of migratory fish, they think of salmon and other anadromous species that are born in freshwater, migrate to the ocean, and return to… Read more »

Can a Fish Climb a Ladder?

Jim Thompson (MD DNR) cleans out the top of a blocked fish ladder at Wilson’s Mill Dam on Deer Creek, MD | © Jessie Thomas-Blate As part of our celebration leading up to World Fish Migration Day on May 24, 2014, today we are talking about fish ladders! First things first— what is a fish… Read more »

Celebrate Migratory Fish Throughout May

On May 24, 2014, people around the world will gather to celebrate the inaugural World Fish Migration Day (WFMD). WFMD is a one-day global initiative to raise awareness on the importance migratory fish. Local events are being planned by dozens of organizations and state and federal agencies to improve the public’s understanding of the critical… Read more »

Celebrating River Herring with Another Dam Removal in Plymouth

Restored impoundment at Off-Billington Street is waiting for the growing season to green up | Amy Singler The river herring are running in coastal New England and it’s a great time to be celebrating another dam removal on Town Brook in Plymouth, Massachusetts. I was really excited to be a part of the festivities on… Read more »