Success on South Carolina’s Saluda

Saluda River, SC | Jason Van Driesche The Saluda River is a southeast treasure. A tributary of the Congaree River, the Saluda is popular for fishing and boating, but has been harmed by dams and other development. Fortunately, the hydropower dam relicensing process provided a chance to improve the river’s health, and its recreation opportunities…. Read more »

Condit Dam, White Salmon River, WA

American Rivers worked for more than 10 years with our partners to lead the effort to remove the 95-year old, 125-foot Condit dam and restore the White Salmon River. The White Salmon flows from its origin on the slopes of Mt. Adams to its confluence with the Columbia River. Portions of the river are protected as Wild and… Read more »

Marsh Creek Fish Passage Restoration

In 2010, an American Rivers-led partnership built a  fish ladder on Marsh Creek to enable Chinook salmon to pass a 6-foot high dam and access 7 miles of upstream spawning habitat.  Marsh Creek is the first tributary encountered by salmon returning from the ocean through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, thus Salmon spawned in Marsh Creek… Read more »

Removal of Veazie Dam begins on Maine’s Penobscot River

Veazie Dam on the Penobscot River, ME | © Penobscot River Restoration Trust Today is a big day for dam removal and river restoration. Removal of Veazie Dam begins on Maine’s Penobscot River – part of a major effort to restore river health, revive cultural traditions, and revitalize local economies. Because of the threats from… Read more »

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 »