Record Midwest Floods Threaten Communities with ‘Walls of Water’

Roughly a quarter of the 40,000 residents evacuated Minot, North Dakota’s fourth largest city due to record flooding on the Souris River. The Souris River flows into Canada and is overtopping its levees due to heavy rainfall and releases from Canadian dams. The flooding on the Souris breaks the 1881 record and the river is… Read more »

Saving rivers — and having fun while we’re at it

There are scores of reasons to protect and restore rivers:  public health, clean drinking water, our shared responsibility to safeguard our natural heritage… the list goes on and on. The reason on my mind today is recreation. It’s summer – prime time for fishing, boating, and swimming in the great outdoors – and a good… Read more »

The Anatomy of a Dam Failure

Failed dam on the Green River in Massachusetts shows the river flowing around the spillway and through the retaining wall breach. Parts of the northeast took a beating from Hurricane Irene in late August, and along with road failures, culvert failures, and significant property damage, we also saw a number of dam failures. The flood… Read more »

Voices from the White Salmon River: Daniel Dancer

Daniel Dancer, White Salmon River Activist The removal of Condit Dam on Washington’s White Salmon River begins on October 26. The effort to restore the river and its salmon has taken decades. In this guest post, local advocate Daniel Dancer remembers the very beginning of the dam removal effort. For me it began in 1990… Read more »

Spawning Salmon Return to the Yakima River

Spawning salmon on the Cle Elum River, WA | American Rivers Last week on the way home from a conference in Ellensburg, Washington put on by the Washington State section of the American Water Resources Association (a great organization the Washingtonians among you might consider joining after you make sure your American Rivers membership is… Read more »

Eel River, CA

Benbow Dam sits on the Wild and Scenic South Fork of the Eel River in Humboldt County, CA. It is a 15 foot tall flashboard dam that seasonally blocks passage for salmon species.  Historically salmon utilized the Eel River and South Fork of the Eel River. Currently, salmon can only access the South Fork when… Read more »

2012 Dams Removed

See the 2013 List. Download a comprehensive list of dams removed 1998-2012 [PDF] 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,… 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 »