River Rebirth: Removing Edwards Dam on Maine’s Kennebec River

This article was originally published to celebrate the 2009 10 year anniversary of Edwards Dam removal. It was written by Andrew Fahlund, American Rivers’ Senior Vice President for Conservation at the time, and published by National Geographic. Before and 10 years after removal of Edwards Dam, Kennebec River, Maine Perhaps no other injury to a river… Read more »

River Rebirth: Removing Edwards Dam on Maine’s Kennebec River

This article was originally published to celebrate the 2009 10 year anniversary of Edwards Dam removal. It was written by Andrew Fahlund, American Rivers’ Senior Vice President for Conservation at the time, and published by National Geographic. Before and 10 years after removal of Edwards Dam, Kennebec River, Maine Perhaps no other injury to a river… Read more »

11 Projects to Watch: Dam Removal Construction Season Kicks Off

Many of us associate summer with deciding which of the latest beach reads we’ll indulge in or plotting our next outdoor adventure. However, at American Rivers, summer also means the official kickoff to dam removal construction season! Lower water levels and an end to the spring migratory fish runs often make this the perfect time… Read more »

Confronting Restoration Challenges in Urban Areas

Sewer, gas, and water lines created an added challenge to the Easton Dam removal, Lehigh River, PA | PA Fish & Boat Commission As we have been talking about river restoration challenges this month, it is important to recognize that different challenges exist in different environments. Today, I am going to talk about some of… Read more »

Dam Challenges by Design

Every dam removal process faces unique challenges and complexities. This blog is a part of our series this month on River Restoration Challenges. Dam removal projects come in all shapes and sizes— from the dynamite-using, decades-in-the-making, multi-million dollar, salmon-helping Elwha dam removal in Washington to elbow-grease powered, under $10,000, community-championed, two-in-one, brook-trout-benefitting dam removals on… Read more »

Dam Ownership – The Argument For and Against Keeping a Dam

West Henniker Creek, NH | American Rivers This blog is a part of our series this month on River Restoration Challenges. Dam owners come in all stripes. Many are private individuals, but others are government entities, companies, and even non-profits. Regardless, all dam owners face the same fundamental choice: whether to continue to maintain their… Read more »

Epic Streamflows In Western Colorado – Is It Sustainable?

Morrows Point dam is spilling at over 9,000 cfs! | Joel Evans This year’s spring runoff in Western Colorado is bordering on epic! With the Shoshone Reach on the Colorado near Glenwood Springs running at over 16,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) and the three Aspinall Unit dams (Blue Mesa, Morrow Point, and Crystal) spilling… Read more »

How Dams Damage Rivers

Dams Significantly Affect Rivers Over the past 100 years, the United States has led the world in dam building – blocking and and harnessing rivers for a variety of purposes, including hydropower, irrigation, flood control, and water storage. The US Army Corps of Engineers has catalogued at least 80,000 dams greater than 6 feet along… Read more »

How Long Does It Take to Remove a Dam?

Veazie Dam Breach | Cheryl Daigle, Penobscot River Restoration Trust We are often asked how long it takes to remove a dam. The answer is: it depends on the project. Project complexity, cost, and the regulatory environment all can play a role in the duration of a project. Sometimes even a great project can become… Read more »

7 Challenges That Can Delay River Restoration Projects

This blog is a part of our series this month on River Restoration Challenges. River restoration projects are multi-stage projects, including project design, permitting, construction, and monitoring. Projects can also contain multiple components, such as the removal of a dam or other barrier, riparian corridor improvements, or water trail creation. Each stage can present issues… Read more »