California groups blast bill that strips state’s authority to protect rivers

Read the California conservation groups’ letter opposing HR8 Read the State of California’s letter opposing HR8 (Sacramento, CA) – Ten California conservation organizations today joined the State Water Control Board in voicing serious concerns over legislation that puts hydropower dam owners’ profits before clean water protections and the state’s authority. A new amendment by Reps…. Read more »

Puget Sound Action Agenda Includes River Protection; Elwha Dam Removal

Seattle, Wa— American Rivers, a leader in river conservation and salmon recovery in Washington, applauded the Puget Sound Partnership today on the release of their Action Agenda for recovering Puget Sound to health. The Partnership included support for important restoration projects like removal of the Glines Canyon and Elwha dams on the Elwha River. In… Read more »

54 Dams Slated for Removal in 2007

Washington, D.C. — With dams across the country falling into disrepair, dam owners in 12 states have chosen to eliminate obsolete infrastructure by removing their dams. An annual survey of government agencies and private conservation organizations shows that 54 dams in 12 states have been removed or are slated for removal in 2007. Since 1999,… Read more »

Removal of Steeles Mill Dam Begins on Hitchcock Creek

Raleigh, NC —Hitchcock Creek, a tributary of the Pee Dee River, will soon flow freely thanks to the removal of the 110 year old Steeles Mill Dam. The dam removal marks the beginning of a renaissance for Hitchcock Creek, and is emblematic of a river restoration trend in North Carolina and nationwide. The dam removal… Read more »

Forge Pond Dam Breach is a Wake Up Call for Dam Owners

(Northampton, MA) – American Rivers today called the breach of the Forge Pond Dam in Freetown a wake up call for dam owners statewide. The 300 year old dam is one of the most unsafe dams in Massachusetts. It breached last night, threatening nearby homes with floodwaters. The breach is linked to recent storms, which… Read more »

Dam Removal Saves Jobs in Rural Community

Clarksburg, MA – With the help of U.S. Rep. John Olver, federal funding has been secured to remove the 15 foot high and 200 foot long Briggsville Dam in the town of Clarksburg, Massachusetts. Removal of the outdated dam will help the owner, Cascade School Supplies, avoid excessive financial hardship for repairs to a dam… Read more »

American Rivers Names America’s Most Endangered Rivers(TM) of 2011

Washington, DC – With floodwaters swelling the Mississippi River to historic levels and rivers nationwide at risk from gas drilling, sewage pollution, and other threats, American Rivers today released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™. For the second year in a row, the most endangered river in the United States is a victim… Read more »

A New Chapter For The Penobscot River

Today, one of the nation’s most significant river restoration projects begins on the Penobscot River in Maine. The president of American Rivers, Bob Irvin, is at the event to kick off the removal of Great Works Dam. The remarks he is delivering at the event are shared below: Watch recorded footage of the Great Works Dam… Read more »

Don’t Let Lake Delhi Destroy the Maquoketa River

I would like to respond to the Gazette’s recent article about the fate of Lake Delhi (“Lake Delhi debate comes down to environmental vs. residents’ interests”). I agree with the concerns raised by the DNR and other conservation groups, but I believe the fundamental issue around Lake Delhi stems from a failure to appreciate the… Read more »

Gold Ray Dam on the Rogue River is coming out!

After years of analysis and negotiation, Gold Ray dam is coming out this summer! Gold Ray Dam on the Rogue River is an old hydroelectric dam that has not been used for power generation for several decades, but has been a significant barrier to salmon and steelhead migration on the Rogue River. The Rogue is one of… Read more »