Sneak Peek at an Endangered River Success: The Elwha

On June 2 we will announce our 25th annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™. As part of the report’s 25th anniversary, in addition to naming the ten endangered rivers for 2010, we will be featuring endangered river success stories. You’ll have to wait until next week to learn about all of the rivers, but… Read more »

Unsafe Dams Threaten Communities Nationwide

There are few things as scary as a dam failing in the middle of the night, with vulnerable communities just downstream. But that’s exactly what happened last week in Massachusetts. Luckily nobody was harmed when the 300 year old dam in Freetown breached, but it is a sober reminder of the threat unsafe dams pose… Read more »

World’s biggest river restoration kicks off Thurs at official ceremony in Oregon

This Thursday, the world’s largest river restoration and dam removal effort will be officially kicked off at a signing ceremony in Salem, Oregon. The president of American Rivers, Rebecca Wodder, will join Interior Secretary Salazar, Oregon Governor  Kulongoski, and California Governor Schwarzenegger to sign historic agreements to mount an unprecedented restoration effort on the Klamath… Read more »

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 »

7000 Reasons to Remove a Small, Outdated Dam

The Lassiter Mill Dam removal would never have happened without the collaboration between all our project partners | © United States Fish & Wildlife Service This week we took another step in restoring the rivers of North Carolina by removing the Lassiter Mill Dam on the Uwharrie River. This project, which American Rivers has actively supported… Read more »

Dam Removal on the Battenkill: Good News for Wild Trout

Amy Singler at Dufresne Dam Removal, Battenkill River, VT | © Amy Signler Most fly fishermen are familiar with the Battenkill in Vermont and NY as an iconic trout stream in American fishing. The Orvis Company headquarters are located along it, and they named one of their most popular reels after it. Renowned fly fishing… Read more »

Unneeded Dam on First Broad River Turned Back

The First Broad River, NC will continue to run free! | © Peter Raabe I am excited to share a great victory for rivers with you: the proposed impoundment on the First Broad River in North Carolina has been sent back to the drawing board! The water authority in Cleveland County, North Carolina has been… Read more »

Clear Problem, Clear Solution

Today’s guest blog about the #8 White River in Washington- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Bill Anderson, Executive Director of Citizens for a Healthy Bay. Citizens for a Healthy Bay is an environmental organization whose mission is to represent and engage citizens in the cleanup, restoration, and protection of Commencement… Read more »