Statement on the Penobscot River Restoration in Maine

Press Release from the Penobscot River Restoration Trust (PDF) Washington, DC – Today is a historic turning point for the Penobscot River and its communities. It is exciting to enter the next phase of this project one of the most important river restoration efforts our country has ever seen. Rivers are remarkably resilient, and the… Read more »

Merrimack Village Dam Removal to Begin Next Week

Removal is slated to begin on the Merrimack Village Dam on Monday, August 6, and thanks to the ‘dam cam’ provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restoration Center, people around the world will have the opportunity to watch the river as it transforms back into its natural free-flowing state. The Souhegan River… Read more »

Fort Halifax Dam Removal Begins this Week

“Patience and perserverence have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” –John Quincy Adams A decade-long fight ended this week as removal began on the Fort Halifax Dam on the Sebasticook River in Maine. As the years dragged on, this battle became about more than honoring an agreement signed in conjunction with… Read more »

New Salmon Plan Fails to Address Effects of Dams, Global Warming

View global warming map (PDF) WASHINGTON, DC – Today a coalition of environmental and fishing organizations, including American Rivers, sued the National Marine Fisheries Service over the 2008 Biological Opinion, or Salmon Plan, on the Columbia and Snake river dams. The new Salmon Plan is the third attempt by NMFS in eight years to submit a… Read more »

Hydropower Dams Won’t Fix Warming World

Read a copy of the testimony (PDF) Washington, DC – Hydropower dams aren’t a “silver bullet” when it comes to fighting global warming, and healthy rivers will become increasingly valuable to wildlife and human communities in a warming world, American Rivers said today in testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Water and Power Subcommittee. In… 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 »

Shell Shocked

Alison, our ever faithful Herring Warden continues battling the elements, and it turns out also reptilian life, as we find out in her latest report from the field… Hello from the Herring Warden! If there is any confusion as to what that entails, click here to read more about it. Basically, I make sure the… Read more »

Bush Administration’s Salmon Plan Falls Short

Seattle, WA – The Bush administration today released its revised salmon management plan for the Columbia and Snake rivers. This latest salmon plan calls for less protective operation of federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers than have been ordered in recent years by a federal court. The plan also gives only superficial treatment… Read more »

Have you ever heard of a herring warden?

Project monitoring is an important part of river restoration work. A solid pre- and post-dam removal monitoring plan can provide you with a reliable foundation on which to build your project and to document its successes. American Rivers has committed to funding a small percentage of monitoring work on some of the projects we are… Read more »

Good intentions are no excuse for bad ideas

About a third of my morning commute is on a great bike trail that runs from the Maryland suburbs into DC. Yesterday morning, I came up behind a guy who was riding slowly without his hands and weaving all over the trail. When I passed him, I saw the problem: He was talking on his… Read more »