Dam Proposed for South Fork Skykomish would be an Economic Loser

A new economic study of the controversial Sunset Falls Dam on Washington’s South Fork of the Skykomish River, reveals the power generated at the proposed site would cost 2.3 times more than the Snohomish County Public Utility District (SnoPUD) estimates.  Rocky Mountain Econometrics (RME), an economic, business and energy consulting firm in Boise, Idaho, evaluated… Read more »

Dam Removals

North Carolina Dam Removals The past year has seen a great expansion of free flowing river miles in North Carolina. As part of a partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Piedmont Conservation Council, four dams have been removed on tributaries of the Pee Dee River and one more dam removal is… Read more »

Dam legislation would hurt fish, rivers

American Rivers’ President Bob Irvin talks about upcoming legislation that would exempt dam owners from laws that protect fish, wildlife, water quality and recreation.

Two Fabled Montana Streams Protected From Hydro Development

The proposed dam on the Upper Madison River, MT would have been a serious threat to wild brown and rainbow trout | © Scott Bosse Virtually every fly fisherman in the country has either fished or wants to fish the Madison River. After three years of relentless advocacy by American Rivers and its conservation partners,… 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 »

Aspen and Hydropower: What the Men’s Journal Story Leaves Out

Aspen could be a real leader in environmental sustainability, but not until its leaders embrace the restoration and protection of water resources. A consistent refrain in Nathaniel Rich’s recent article in Men’s Journal entitled “Aspen and the End of Snow” is the concept that Aspen and only Aspen can lead the world in stopping climate… Read more »

Is hydropower clean? Our take on dams

American Rivers Hydropower Reform Initiative is one of our longest-running and best-known programs. We’ve been working with power companies and federal operators since we were founded nearly 40 years ago to try and reduce the harm to rivers from hydropower dams. As a result, we’re often asked if we see a tension between our serious… Read more »