American Rivers Opposes Raising Shasta Dam

Shasta Dam, Sacramento River, CA | Bureau of Reclamation The Bureau of Reclamation has studied the feasibility of raising its 602 ft high Shasta Dam on the Sacramento River to increase the dam’s storage capacity. For several reasons including the two we outline here, American Rivers opposes the raising of Shasta Dam as proposed. First,… Read more »

Feather River, CA

American Rivers played a lead role in the relicensing of Oroville Dam, the tallest in the United States and the largest dam in the California State Water Project.  Oroville blocks salmon and steelhead from reaching many miles of spawning habitat and dramatically alters the flows and water quality of the Feather River downstream. In 2006,… Read more »

Mattole River, CA

Throughout the Mattole River watershed, poorly designed and installed culverts are being systematically evaluated and replaced to improve fish passage and stabilize sediment that may wash into spawning gravels. Because the Mattole River watershed is subject to extreme storm events and flooding, bridges, followed closely by open bottom culverts, are often the best option for… Read more »

Growing momentum for dam removals through collaboration

The Potomac Industrial Dam removal project serves as a model for collaboration between stakeholders | © American Rivers We’ve had a pretty good run these last couple of years when it comes to river restoration. As the freedom cry of salmon rang out with explosives at Condit Dam and construction equipment mobilized to dismantle the… Read more »

Darby Creek Restoration Project

Removal of Hoffman Park Dam at Lansdowne, PA Description: The Hoffman Park Dam was a stone masonry dam that was approximately 4 feet high and 40 feet long. The age of the dam is unknown; it appears in the PA DEP Division of Dam Safety records in 1919, but likely dates to the early- or… Read more »

Army Corps to Study Yuba River Salmon Passage

Salmon need help passing the 260-foot tall Englebright Dam | © Amit Patel The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) yesterday delivered to Congress its Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) work plan and its FY15 budget, and both of these budget documents allocate funding for the Corps to study fish passage over their dams on the… 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 »

Autopsy of a Dam Removal: Stearns Dam

Stearns Dam, During Construction, Crooked River, OR | Denise Hoffert-Hay This blog is a part of our ongoing series this month on the Challenges of River Restoration. One of our goals at American Rivers is to make dam removal accessible— to make it something that local watershed groups, state natural resource agencies, and others feel… Read more »

Anglers Fund Conservation Update Part 1 – Pacific Northwest

Welcome to the 5th edition of American Rivers’ Anglers Fund conservation update, which summarizes our recent successes to protect and restore important fish habitat. You’ll see where we are restoring access to spawning grounds by taking out dams, protecting steelhead runs from mining and development, improving river health by protecting buffers and floodplains, and more…. Read more »