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 »

Why I Love The Chattahoochee River

Today’s guest blog for our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series is from Kevin McGrath, President of Upper Chattahoochee Chapter Trout Unlimited: Take Action to Protect theChattahoochee River Tell the Army Corps of Engineers to deny permits for the Glades and Bear Creek reservoirs! Just like you, I like my home water simply because it is… Read more »

Grins and Gratitude on the White Salmon

Old Reservoir on the White Salmon River | Thomas O’Keefe, American Whitewater After years of effort by American Rivers and partners including Friends of the White Salmon, the Yakama Nation, and American Whitewater, the White Salmon River is flowing free. On November 2nd, the new stretch of river through the reservoir section and old Condit dam… Read more »

Yuba River, CA

The Yuba River watershed is home to some of the first hydropower dams in California, in some cases dating back to structures built during the gold rush era.  Today, more than 30 dams, 20 powerhouses and 500 miles of canals sprawl across the Yuba and Bear watersheds.  These dams block access for salmon and steelhead… Read more »

What did we accomplish?

Conoquenessing Creek as it appeared in 2010 after the dam removal and stream restoration project was completed | © Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy Recently, one of American Rivers’ blog readers responded to a previous post about how dams are removed with remarks about how the 2009 removal of the Harmony Junction Dam forever changed Connoquenessing Creek. Let’s… Read more »

Dam Removal Resource Center

Develop Your Dam Removal Skills American Rivers has created a series of resources designed to provide information about the different components of a dam removal project and help practitioners develop the skills and confidence necessary to undertake their own projects. Keep reading to learn which tools may be right for you. Our newest resource is… Read more »