Revive the Coosa: Balancing Energy and Health

Sign the Petition Tell FERC: Don’t Rubber-Stamp Environmental Review In order to reverse the dams’ significant damage to the Coosa – once one of the most biologically diverse rivers in the world – we ask that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [FERC] complete more thorough environmental studies to ensure protections are in place to balance… Read more »

Working Towards a Stronger Fish and Wildlife Program

Submit your comments to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council to protect fish and wildlife! | © Thomas O’Keefe The Northwest Power and Conservation Council (Council) is charged with developing a Fish and Wildlife Program to mitigate for the development and operation of the large federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers. This program… 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7000 Reasons to Remove a Small, Outdated Dam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 »

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 »

American Rivers receives $3.57 million from NOAA to restore Patapsco River

Washington – Maryland’s Patapsco River will soon be healthier for fish and safer for local residents, thanks to a $3.57 million grant awarded by the NOAA Restoration Center to American Rivers. The grant supports the Patapsco River Restoration Project, ensuring the removal of the Bloede Dam and continued long-term monitoring of the Patapsco. Removing Bloede… Read more »

Day in the Life: Denise Hoffert-Hay, River Restoration Program

Sterns Dam, Crooked River, OR | © Scott Wright, P.E., River Design Group 7:00PM A site visit to a dam in Central Oregon starts the night before with packing the field rig, putting together the details that make a difference when a site is more than three hours from the office: camera battery charged, boots… Read more »

Mill River returned to its streambed as Whittenton Dam removed

Demolition of the Whittenton Dam on Mill River, MA | © Rachel Calabro Demolition of the Whittenton Dam began on July 19 with the sound of heavy machinery in the air as state Sen. Marc Pacheco manned an excavator kicking off the removal. A little more than two weeks later, the Mill River was released… Read more »

The Economics of Small Dams

Today’s guest blog is a part of the America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series, and it is about a river that we listed in 2012, the South Fork Skykomish River in Washington.  Rich Bowers, the Hydropower Reform Coalition Pacific Northwest Coordinator, tells us about a new economic report that sheds light on the economics of dam… Read more »

VIDEO: Improving hydropower dams benefits rivers

Dams hurt rivers. They block a river’s flow and harm water quality, fish and wildlife, and recreational opportunities. In some cases where a dam is outdated, unsafe, or has outlived its usefulness, American Rivers advocates for dam removal. But in many cases, keeping a working hydropower dam in place makes sense. And with some upgrades… Read more »