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 »

Big Wins for Rivers in the Southeast

Catawba River, SC July brought big victories for two legal cases initiated by American Rivers that will significantly benefit rivers in the Southeast. These victories would not have been possible without our close collaboration with and strong support from regional and local conservation organizations. In Georgia, the State Court of Appeals sided with American Rivers,… Read more »

Leave the Upper Green River as it is

Today’s guest blog is by Kim Cannon. The Upper Green River where it exits the Wind River Range | Scott Bosse Imagine a proposal to dam the wild river, and the valley it cut, where your family has lived and worked and gathered together for almost 90 years. Put aside for the moment that the… Read more »

The Klamath and Killer Whales

Algae bloom behind Klamath dam | James Norman The rivers of the Pacific Coast once teemed with wild salmon, providing nourishment for humans, wildlife, and ecosystems from the mountains to the sea—including many communities of orca whales. But for the last century, dams, habitat loss, and excessive harvest have pushed salmon to the brink. Dams… Read more »

Want to remove a dam? Not sure where to start? Check this guide out.

As a national leader on dam removal, American Rivers strives to provide resources to the public to help inspire, educate, and ultimately increase the comfort level of groups working on-the-ground that would like to get involved in opening up rivers across the country. Did you know that we have an entire online resource center packed… Read more »

2015 Dam Removals

62 Dams Removed in 2015, Benefitting Rivers and Communities Nationwide Download the 2015 Dam Removals list [PDF] Explore the interactive map of all dam removals Communities in 21 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 62 dams in 2015, restoring more than 570 miles of streams for the benefit… Read more »

62 Dams Removed to Restore Rivers in 2012

Washington, DC – Communities in 19 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 62 dams in 2012, American Rivers announced today. Outdated or unsafe dams came out of rivers in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania,… Read more »