Video: Increased flows give new life to Skokomish River

Exactly one week ago today, more natural flows surged down the North Fork Skokomish River when Tacoma Power released water from its Cushman hydroelectric project. For over 50 years, the company had left just a trickle of water in the river below the dam — this harmed the entire river ecosystem and the well-being and… Read more »

Two NC Dam Removals, Two Days

American Rivers and the US Fish and Wildlife Service worked together to remove a privately owned dam on the Little River in Montgomery County, NC on Monday (Sept. 10). The project will benefit a number of rare, high priority fish and mussel species by restoring river habitat and allowing fish to move upstream. See videos… Read more »

American Rivers Opposes Raising Shasta Dam

Shasta Dam, Sacramento River, CA | Bureau of Reclamation The Bureau of Reclamation has studied the feasibility of raising its 602 ft high Shasta Dam on the Sacramento River to increase the dam’s storage capacity. For several reasons including the two we outline here, American Rivers opposes the raising of Shasta Dam as proposed. First,… Read more »

Feather River, CA

American Rivers played a lead role in the relicensing of Oroville Dam, the tallest in the United States and the largest dam in the California State Water Project.  Oroville blocks salmon and steelhead from reaching many miles of spawning habitat and dramatically alters the flows and water quality of the Feather River downstream. In 2006,… Read more »

Mattole River, CA

Throughout the Mattole River watershed, poorly designed and installed culverts are being systematically evaluated and replaced to improve fish passage and stabilize sediment that may wash into spawning gravels. Because the Mattole River watershed is subject to extreme storm events and flooding, bridges, followed closely by open bottom culverts, are often the best option for… 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 »

Early Thanksgiving for Crooked River Steelhead

Stearns Dam removal, Crooked River, OR | © Denise Hoffert-Hay Construction to remove the Stearns Dam from the Crooked River in central Oregon kicked off this week when equipment staged along the river’s banks and fill was brought in to create the temporary access road for heavy equipment. The monumental moment that has been over… Read more »

Map of US Dam Removals 1936-2014

Few things have such a fundamental impact on a river as a dam. Dams block a river’s flow and can harm clean water, fish and wildlife, and recreation opportunities. American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams. We have been creating a running inventory of all dam removal projects we… Read more »

San Francisquito Creek Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014

www.americanrivers.org/SanFrancisquito Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named San Francisquito Creek among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014 today, shining a national spotlight on the impact Stanford University’s antiquated Searsville Dam is having on the health of the creek and its fish and wildlife. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save… Read more »

Intertwined Lives: Migratory Fish and Freshwater Mussels

Lampsilis reeveiana lure | MC Barnhart Migratory fish and freshwater mussels have more in common than you might think. Each have unique life cycles and depend on clean, free flowing water to thrive. Migratory fish spend time both in freshwater streams and in the ocean. Some species, like herring, live in the ocean and reproduce… Read more »