Year of the River: Dam Removals in the Pacific NW

A guest blog from our Commuications intern Johannes Dreisbach. Elwha dam breach, Elwah River, WA | National Park Service Autumn has been an incredibly exciting time at American Rivers, as it marks the one-year anniversary of the world’s largest dam removal project.  Because of efforts like the historic river restoration initiative in Washington state—which included… Read more »

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions About Removing Dams Briggsville Dam Removal | NRCS What is a dam? There are a number of technical and legal definitions of a dam but generally it is any structure that impounds or diverts water. How many dams are there in the United States? The exact number of dams is not known. There are… Read more »

Darby Creek Restoration Project, PA

click to enlarge map Darby Creek drains a largely urbanized watershed adjacent to the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is a direct tributary to the Delaware River, and joins with the Delaware near Essington, PA, after passing through the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Early settlement along the Darby relied upon mill dams for economic… Read more »

Working Towards a Stronger Fish and Wildlife Program

Submit your comments to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council to protect fish and wildlife! | © Thomas O’Keefe The Northwest Power and Conservation Council (Council) is charged with developing a Fish and Wildlife Program to mitigate for the development and operation of the large federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers. This program… Read more »

Darby Creek Restoration Project

Removal of abandoned railroad piers at Colwyn, PA Description: Removal of two abandoned railroad piers constructed of reinforced concrete. Construction was completed in September 2012. Benefits of removal: The piers trapped debris and contributed to local overtopping of banks and over-widening of the channel. Removal of the piers is expected to alleviate these impacts.

Searching for Steelhead in San Francisquito

Searsch for Steelhead, San Francisquito Creek, CA | © Kerri McLean My search for steelhead on San Francisquito Creek yesterday didn’t yield any fish, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Despite a major ongoing drought in California, we were lucky enough to have one significant rain event in Northern California a couple weeks ago. A portion… Read more »

Major Step Forward For Klamath River Restoration

Removing the four dams on the Klamath River will open up habitat for fish and wildlife | © Patrick McCully One of the nation’s biggest dam removal and river restoration efforts got a major boost on Friday with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) announcing that he will introduce legislation to authorize the Klamath River restoration agreements…. Read more »

It’s Time to Move On From Teton Dam

Remnants of the Teton Dam | Scott Bosse The catastrophic failure of the Teton Dam in eastern Idaho 38 years ago this month will forever be remembered as a turning point that helped bring our nation’s modern dam-building era to an end. The disaster took 11 lives, killed 20,000 head of livestock, and caused $2… Read more »

Settlement secures key protections for Catawba-Wateree rivers, ends legal stalemate

  Columbia, S.C. – American Rivers, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League announced a settlement agreement with Duke Energy and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control that includes important protections for the Catawba and Wateree rivers and imperiled fish and wildlife. The agreement ends a legal… Read more »

Anglers Fund Conservation Update Part 5 – Mid-Atlantic/Northeast

Welcome to the fifth and last part of the Anglers Fund conservation update, which summarizes our recent successes to protect and restore important fish habitat. The theme for this report is “healthy fish need healthy rivers”. We hope you’ll enjoy seeing how our work has a positive impact on fisheries. This week is the Mid-Atlantic… Read more »