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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Making Hydropower Dams Work Better

Reintroducing steelhead fry | Credit: Hydropower Reform Coalition It’s a good year for rivers. Last week, the National Park Service began chipping away at the Glines Canyon and Elwha Dams. When the dams are removed in 2-3 years, it’ll be the culmination of a nearly 30-year effort to restore the Elwha River and its fisheries…. Read more »

Historic Water Agreement Reached on Upper Klamath Basin Water

The Klamath River, CA needs to be undammed to provide habitat for salmon and steelhead! | © Patrick McCully Working together the Klamath Tribes, U.S. Department of the Interior, Oregon Governor Kitzhaber, Senator Wyden (D-Ore), Senator Merkley (D-Ore), and upper Klamath River basin irrigators have reached an agreement [PDF] on long-standing disputes related to water… Read more »

The Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act

A couple of weeksago, the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act passed the full house with bi-partisan support.  The bill was co-sponsored by Cathy McMorris-Rogers (WA,R) and Diana DeGette (CO, D)  Quite an accomplishment in the current political climate!  The Bill does several things, here are some highlights: It raises the generation threshold from 5 megawatts to… Read more »

DamNation Sparks Conversation About Dams And Rivers

Learn more about hydropower reform in our Hydropower Reform Can Save Rivers video The new film DamNation, which won the Audience Choice award at SXSW, is introducing the concept of dam removal to new audiences and getting more people talking about river restoration. It’s an important and timely conversation, given the importance of healthy rivers… Read more »

Restoring Savannah River Shoals: Two States, a Canal and a Redhorse

The Augusta Shoals is a critical reach of the Savannah River near Aiken, South Carolina and Augusta, Georgia. “Shoals” are stretches of shallow, rocky rapids and were once common in Southeast Rivers – but many of these rivers have been drowned by dams. Shoals provide unique habitat for freshwater fish and mussels. More than 4… Read more »