VIDEO: Improving hydropower dams benefits rivers

Dams hurt rivers. They block a river’s flow and harm water quality, fish and wildlife, and recreational opportunities. In some cases where a dam is outdated, unsafe, or has outlived its usefulness, American Rivers advocates for dam removal. But in many cases, keeping a working hydropower dam in place makes sense. And with some upgrades… Read more »

Proposed Hydropower Legislation Weakens States’, Tribes’ Power to Protect and Restore Local Rivers

Englebright Dam on the Yuba River | Amit Patel (Washington, DC) American Rivers today urged the House Energy and Commerce Committee to reject proposed legislation that would weaken or eliminate current state and federal resource agency authority over hydropower dams while handing increased responsibility for dam management to an already overworked federal commission. This proposed… Read more »

Hydropower Reform Can Save Rivers

American Rivers and our partners have worked to improve the operation of the many hydropower projects around the country, creating benefits for the river’s health, fish, and anglers. Learn more about our river restoration work around dams at www.AmericanRivers.org/Dams.

7000 Reasons to Remove a Small, Outdated Dam

The Lassiter Mill Dam removal would never have happened without the collaboration between all our project partners | © United States Fish & Wildlife Service This week we took another step in restoring the rivers of North Carolina by removing the Lassiter Mill Dam on the Uwharrie River. This project, which American Rivers has actively supported… Read more »

Working Towards a Stronger Fish and Wildlife Program

Submit your comments to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council to protect fish and wildlife! | © Thomas O’Keefe The Northwest Power and Conservation Council (Council) is charged with developing a Fish and Wildlife Program to mitigate for the development and operation of the large federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers. This program… Read more »

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 »

Who Says Water is for Fightin’?

Crooked River, OR | Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives Unlikely allies—irrigators, a hydropower company, a Native American tribe and conservation groups including American Rivers—have come together in support of a solution for a decades-old fight over water in the Wild and Scenic Crooked River an important tributary of the Deschutes River in Central Oregon. After… 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 »

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 »