Yuba River, CA

The Yuba River watershed is home to some of the first hydropower dams in California, in some cases dating back to structures built during the gold rush era.  Today, more than 30 dams, 20 powerhouses and 500 miles of canals sprawl across the Yuba and Bear watersheds.  These dams block access for salmon and steelhead… Read more »

What did we accomplish?

Conoquenessing Creek as it appeared in 2010 after the dam removal and stream restoration project was completed | © Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy Recently, one of American Rivers’ blog readers responded to a previous post about how dams are removed with remarks about how the 2009 removal of the Harmony Junction Dam forever changed Connoquenessing Creek. Let’s… Read more »

Dam Removal Resource Center

Develop Your Dam Removal Skills American Rivers has created a series of resources designed to provide information about the different components of a dam removal project and help practitioners develop the skills and confidence necessary to undertake their own projects. Keep reading to learn which tools may be right for you. Our newest resource is… Read more »

2013 Dam Removals

Download the 2013 Dam Removals list [PDF] Download a comprehensive list of dams removed 1998-2012 [PDF] Explore the interactive map of all dam removals Communities in 18 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 51 dams in 2013, American Rivers announced today. Outdated or unsafe dams came out of… Read more »

Washington’s White River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014

www.americanrivers.org/WhiteRiverWA Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named Washington’s White River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014 today, shining a national spotlight on the impacts of two Army Corps dams on salmon and steelhead runs and river health. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save rivers that are at a… Read more »

Recovering Atlantic Coast Migratory Fish Populations

Today we have a guest blog from Dr. R. Wilson Laney, Senior Biologist in Fisheries and Ecological Services with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Raleigh, North Carolina. In Celebration of World Fish Migration Day on May 24, Dr. Laney discusses the need to recover migratory fish species in the U.S. Atlantic Sturgeon |… Read more »

Protecting Rivers in Adams County, Pennsylvania

This is a guest blog from Sarah Kipp with the Land Conservancy of Adams County (LCAC), who is going to take you on a little tour of Adams County, Pennsylvania. LCAC has recently completed a wonderful land and river protection project using conservation easements as part of the Potomac Highlands Implementation Grant Program (PHIGP). The… Read more »

Dams are problem creators, not problem solvers

Removal of Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River – August 15, 2014 | NPS What will 3,700 more new dams do that 48,000 existing ones haven’t already done? Invite more problems. According to a new study done by researchers in Europe, the 3,700 new dams under construction or planned for construction around the world… Read more »

Restore the Gorge!

credit: Olivia Dorothy The Upper St Anthony Falls Lock closure is inspiring a lot of imagination as citizens, planners, and non-profits try to dream up a new Minneapolis riverfront.  Some of the ideas were voiced at a visioning meeting in Minneapolis a few weeks ago at Mill City. My personal favorite vision: Restoring the Mississippi River Gorge…. Read more »