It’s official: Removing Klamath dams is cheapest, most effective option

Nevada City, CA - The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today released its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on PacifiCorp’s Klamath hydropower project, concluding: Dam removal would improve water quality, reduce fish disease and increase fall chinook spawning by more than 20,000 fish in the project area alone. Removing all four dams and replacing their generation would… Read more »

54 Dams Slated for Removal in 2007

Washington, D.C. — With dams across the country falling into disrepair, dam owners in 12 states have chosen to eliminate obsolete infrastructure by removing their dams. An annual survey of government agencies and private conservation organizations shows that 54 dams in 12 states have been removed or are slated for removal in 2007. Since 1999,… Read more »

Administration’s Columbia Basin salmon plan is another failure

NOTE: Read our initial analysis, Five reasons why the new Columbia-Snake salmon plan is a failure Seattle, WA – As the Bush administration released another scientifically inadequate salmon plan for the Columbia and Snake rivers today, American Rivers called on Northwest leaders to convene the people of the basin to consider sustainable, long-term solutions for… Read more »

Lawmakers Step Up To Address Dangerous Dams

Washington, D.C.— Millions of Americans are living in the shadow of dangerous dams all across the country, but that may be about to change, thanks to quick action by the House of Representatives to pass the Dam Rehabilitation and Repair Act of 2007 (H.R 3224), sponsored by Representative John T. Salazar (D-CO). The bill, which… Read more »

Two Dams Removed on Cedar Run

Lower Allen Township, PA— Better days are ahead for Cedar Run.  This week two dilapidated small dams were removed on the tributary to the Yellow Breeches.  Their removal will transform the area into a vibrant fishery, and water quality will soon improve.  “People all across America should look to what’s happening today on Cedar Run… 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 »

CNN Highlights Dams in Danger

Washington, D.C. — More than ten thousand dams across America could become killers if they fail and 1,333 of those dams are considered structurally deficient. Today, on CNN’s American Morning, an alarming story by Sean Callebs showed the dire state of our nation’s dams. In one instance in Ohio, hundreds of people live right on… Read more »

America’s “Founding Fish” To Return To Yadkin-Pee Dee

Columbia, SC For the first time in nearly a century, American shad and American eel will return to their historic habitat on the Yadkin-Pee Dee River, thanks to a fish passage agreement negotiated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and Progress Energy and agreed to by American Rivers, the… Read more »

300 Years Later, Fish Passage Restored to Pennypack Creek

Philadelphia, PA—Following the wave of momentum created by the removal of three dams on Pennypack Creek, the Philadelphia Water Department will begin construction of a rock ramp fishway over one of the utility lines in Pennypack Park this week.  Once complete, these projects will have restored fish passage to the lower 5.8 miles of Pennypack… Read more »

Dilapidated Dam Disappearing

Boiling Springs, PA— A dangerous and decaying dam on the Yellow Breeches Creek is about to disappear, and will soon be replaced with a beautiful free flowing stream and a reconnected fishery.  Work to remove the Wittlinger Dam began this week, and the outdated relic will be completely gone by the end of the month…. Read more »