Saving Sierra Nevada rivers from misguided dam proposals

The South Sutter Water District recently proposed the 350-ft Garden Bar dam on the Bear River approximately 45 miles northeast of Sacramento California. Garden Bar Reservoir would permanently flood approximately 2,500 acres in the lower Bear River, 900 of which are permanently protected public open space (Map2). At a cost of nearly half a billion… Read more »

The Beautiful Sky

Today’s guest blog for our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series is a story of love for the South Fork Skykomish River from Jeff Smith, a local resident: Take Action to Protect theSkykomish River Tell Congress to support restoration and long-term planning on the Missouri River! The Skykomish River flows from a distant vault in time… Read more »

Voices of the river: The Elwha and Dick Goin

I recently met Jennifer Galvin, a filmmaker with Reel Blue (www.reelblue.net). She is producing a film about the dam removal and river restoration effort on Washington’s Elwha River – a project American Rivers, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, and others have worked on for decades. With dam removal set to begin on September 17, excitement… Read more »

Second of Two Dam Removals near Troy, North Carolina

Dam removal on the Denson’s Creek, NC | American Rivers “I have to say that this was the most rewarding project that I have worked on in my 29 years with the Service.” – Ricky Campbell, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Excavator Operator The US Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with the Town of… Read more »

Under Attack: The Wild and Scenic Merced River

Take Action to Protect theMerced River This is a serious threat to not only the Merced River, but all Wild and Scenic protections are at risk of being rolled back. Please take action to protect our heritage rivers. Representative Tom McClintock introduced legislation (H.R. 934) that would roll back protections for nearly a mile of… Read more »

Elwha River Restoration, WA

Washington’s Elwha River is the site of the biggest dam removal project in history. The river restoration effort, which kicked off in 2011, is surpassing expectations and showing great progress, from fish returning, to native plants reclaiming riverbanks, to sand rebuilding the beach at the river’s mouth. “The Elwha provides the most high-profile proof that… Read more »

Egg Lake Dam Removal & First River Restoration Project

The Egg Lake Dam removal project is located in northern Minnesota on the Chippewa National Forest and the lands of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. The dam is located across the headwaters of the First River, which flows into Little Cut Foot Sioux Lake and on into Lake Winnibigoshish where it joins the Mississippi… 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 »