Intervention: The Road to Removal of Harvell Dam

Harvell Dam on the Appomattox River, Virginia By the time you read this, work will be underway to remove the Harvell Dam on the Appomattox River. As the first obstruction on the river, the Harvell Dam has long been deemed the most critical fish passage site on the Appomattox and one of the highest priority… Read more »

Mapping Dam Removal Success

Union Dam, Patapsco River, MD Earlier this year, American Rivers was excited to release our map of over 1,150 dam removals and counting from across the United States. The interactive map provides both a tool for river advocates and a lens through which to view the success of dam removal. Using our dam removal map,… Read more »

How Do You Get a Fish Upstream? Launch It.

Anadromous fish such as salmon and steelhead have a rough time when it comes to finding their way home. Dams and other man-made barriers can present insurmountable obstacles, cutting them off from long stretches of their historic spawning habitat. Fortunately, an innovative technique just might help salmon find their way: the salmon cannon. I’ll let… Read more »

Collaborative Plan Provides Vision for Nooksack River

Upper Nooksack River, WA | Scott Willison It is such a thrill to complete a project! Especially a two and half year collaborative, planning project that involves several organizations, governments and individuals who have spent hundreds of hours in meetings, on field tours and site assessments, and researching and writing detailed information. It gives me… Read more »

NOAA Awards More Than $800,000 To American Rivers

Washington, DC—The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and American Rivers announced an $800,355 grant to renew their joint effort to restore streams and rivers in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Northwest, and California.  American Rivers and the NOAA Restoration Center will kick off the first year of the new three-year partnership by committing… Read more »

Fish runs, public safety will improve thanks to removal of Hemlock Dam

Portland, OR– American Rivers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today applauded the U.S. Forest Service and other partners on the upcoming removal of the 26-foot high Hemlock Dam on Trout Creek, a tributary to the Wind River.  The project begins this week with the rescue and removal of fish from the dam… Read more »

American Rivers improves safety at Salvation Army camp

(Pittsburgh) –  American Rivers is improving safety at the Salvation Army’s Camp Allegheny by removing the unsafe Fairless Murray Dam. The dam has been a safety hazard for young campers for years, and has claimed several lives. Removing the dam will also help restore Slippery Rock Creek, a tributary of the Beaver River. Reporters are… Read more »