Briggsville Dam Breached, Removal Underway

Clarksburg, MA – American Rivers is proud to announce the breaching of the 15 foot high and 200 foot long Briggsville Dam in the town of Clarksburg, Massachusetts. American Rivers has contributed vital financial and technical support to this project. Removing the dam will help its owner, Cascade School Supplies, avoid abandoning the facility, laying… Read more »

World’s biggest dam removal begins this week

Seattle, WA — The biggest dam removal project in history begins this Saturday on Washington’s Elwha River. American Rivers, the national leader in restoring rivers through dam removal, applauded the effort which will revitalize salmon runs and deliver significant cultural, economic, and recreation benefits to the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe and surrounding communities. “This is… Read more »

A Visit To Hitchcock Creek Blue Trail

Last week, my colleagues and I met with our partners on the Hitchcock Creek Blue Trail in Rockingham, North Carolina. Until recently, a dam degraded Hitchcock Creek and blocked migrating fish from spawning habitat and prevented the community from safely enjoying their river through boating and fishing. With American Rivers’ help, the community removed this… Read more »

Elwha Generators Power Down, River Powers Up!

Today is June 1, the first day of National Rivers Month — and we have some especially fitting news to share. After a decades-long effort to restore a healthy, free-flowing Elwha River, the hydropower generators at the river’s two dams are being turned off in preparation for dam removal this September. The Elwha River on… Read more »

Good intentions are no excuse for bad ideas

About a third of my morning commute is on a great bike trail that runs from the Maryland suburbs into DC. Yesterday morning, I came up behind a guy who was riding slowly without his hands and weaving all over the trail. When I passed him, I saw the problem: He was talking on his… Read more »

Join Our Social Media Push to Protect Conservation Funding Today

The Community-based Restoration Program helps communities restore rivers by removing unsafe dams and opening up habitat for fish. The program has funded more than 2,300 projects that helped the recovery of threatened and endangered species. Plus, it has provided an average of 30 local jobs to communities for every $1 million invested. So it makes… Read more »

Paddling the Little River in NC: America’s 4th Most Endangered River

It’s hard to believe Little River is #4 on American Rivers’ America’s Most Endangered Rivers list, and even harder to believe the reason is because this beautiful area is threatened by dam construction. Several weeks ago I accompanied local reporters, the Upper Neuse Riverkeeper Alissa Bierma, and a dozen concerned citizens on a paddling trip up the Little… Read more »

Restore the White Salmon: keep Condit Dam removal on track for 2011

2011 is the Year of the River, with unprecedented dam removal and river restoration projects happening nationwide. This is one of a series of posts where we’ll be celebrating dam removal successes and updating you on current dam removal efforts.   There is tremendous momentum and agreement to remove the 100 year old Condit Dam… Read more »

Seeing the Elwha Restoration Begin

I just returned from an amazing, inspiring weekend, celebrating the removal of the Elwha River dams.  I wanted to share some of my experiences with you. On Saturday, I was proud to attend the ceremony at Elwha Dam, emceed by actor and American Rivers board member Tom Skerritt.  If you missed the live stream of… Read more »

Time for solutions on the lower Snake River

Any day now, Federal District Judge James A. Redden of Portland, OR is expected to issue his ruling on the 2010 Biological Opinion (BiOp) for the Columbia and Snake rivers.  The BiOp, also known as the federal salmon plan, governs operations of the federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers and includes actions intended… Read more »