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 »

Improving Fish Passage By Removing Bonde Weir

Bonde Weir, San Francisquito Creek, CA | © American Rivers Thanks to the San Mateo County Resource Conservation District and countless partners who pitched in over the last decade, Bonde Weir on San Francisquito Creek in Palo Alto has been removed, improving access to high quality spawning habitat for migrating native steelhead trout. San Francisquito Creek… Read more »

Darby Creek Restoration Project

Removal of Darby Borough Dam & Realignment of Channel at Darby, PA Description: The Darby Borough Dam was a concrete-capped, stone structure that was approximately 6feet high and 80 feet long. The age of the dam is unknown; it appears in the PA DEP Division of Dam Safety records in 1919, but likely dates to… Read more »

Keeping Georgia’s Flint River flowing helps native shoal bass

Fly fishing in Flint River, GA| Chris Funk American Rivers’ work to keep Georgia’s Flint River free-flowing and to restore healthy flows in the Flint – especially to keep it from running dry in drought years – supports the preservation of this spectacular and rare shoal bass fishery. Native shoal bass have become very popular… Read more »

Can a Fish Climb a Ladder?

Jim Thompson (MD DNR) cleans out the top of a blocked fish ladder at Wilson’s Mill Dam on Deer Creek, MD | © Jessie Thomas-Blate As part of our celebration leading up to World Fish Migration Day on May 24, 2014, today we are talking about fish ladders! First things first— what is a fish… 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 »