Building partnerships to remove barriers on the Uwharrie River

Lassiter Mill dam removal, Uwharrie River, NC | © USFWS This summer American Rivers’ completed the removal of Lassiter Mill Dam on the Uwharrie River. The removal of this grist mill dam dating back to 1805 will have an incredible benefit to the river system. American Rivers has been actively pursuing this project since 2009 when… Read more »

A Big Win on the Little River: Smitherman’s Dam Removal

Smitherman’s Dam was the third dam American Rivers has removed on the Little River, NC | © Peter Raabe Another dam bites the dust near Troy, NC, on the Little River, a tributary to the Yadkin Pee Dee River. In a continuing partnership between the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Piedmont Conservation Council, the… Read more »

DamNation film premieres at SXSW

Before/after of Condit Dam site on the White Salmon River | © Ben Knight, DamNation Congratulations to our friends at Felt Soul Media, Stoecker Ecological and Patagonia on the premiere of DamNation at SXSW today! You are going to love this film. You are going to want to watch it multiple times and share it with… Read more »

American Rivers’ DamNation Film Guide

DamNation continues to dazzle audiences with its sweeping vistas and the emotional way in which it blends the cultural and spiritual. The film explores the shift in attitude from a country built on dams—from the mill dam’s role in the industrial revolution to the great dam-building era of the New Deal—to one in which the… 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 »

Number Nine for Conemaugh

Demolition of the concrete core inside the earthen dam | Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy During the month of June, American Rivers removed the Commodore Dam on Hinty Run (a headwaters tributary of the Conemaugh River) in Indiana County, PA, bringing the total number of dams removed in the Conemaugh River watershed to nine. American Rivers assigns high… Read more »

Looking Ahead to Restoration of Gravel Run

Centreville Dam During the long days of summer, for many, a trek across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge means a jaunt to Ocean City, Maryland, or Rehoboth, Delaware. I’m now an old hand at resisting the siren call of the sandy beaches and ocean waves as I exit off of MD-301 and head for the quaint… Read more »

Get Wild and Scenic in California

South Yuba River, whose protection inspired SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival | Leslie Elias Mid-January is one of my favorite times of year in Nevada City, which is home to American Rivers’ main California regional office. It’s the time of year when, thanks to the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, our little mountain town… Read more »

Hydro “Power Grab” Bill

Clackamas River Project bypass | Lisa Brown, Water Watch Oregon Healthy rivers are essential to the health and well-being of our communities. Hydropower dams have major impacts on river health, clean water, and wildlife. For more than 20 years, we’ve been able to achieve balance between healthy rivers and hydropower production because all the stakeholders,… Read more »