Settlement secures key protections for Catawba-Wateree rivers, ends legal stalemate

  Columbia, S.C. – American Rivers, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League announced a settlement agreement with Duke Energy and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control that includes important protections for the Catawba and Wateree rivers and imperiled fish and wildlife. The agreement ends a legal… Read more »

Dams are problem creators, not problem solvers

Removal of Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River – August 15, 2014 | NPS What will 3,700 more new dams do that 48,000 existing ones haven’t already done? Invite more problems. According to a new study done by researchers in Europe, the 3,700 new dams under construction or planned for construction around the world… Read more »

California FERC Hydropower Dam Relicensing

Beginning in the mid-1800s, hundreds of dams were built on California rivers. Many were first built to use in gold mining, but now most are used for hydropower generation and water supply. In the next decade, the licenses for 150 dams that affect hundreds of miles of streams will expire and the dam owners must… 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 »

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 In some cases where a dam is outdated, unsafe, or has outlived its usefulness, American Rivers advocates for dam removal.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 »

New hydropower reforms could remove important safeguards

What if the old hydropower dam that is killing fish and drying up your local river could be improved and brought up to modern environmental standards? What if there was a way to get the dam owner to release more water into the river, provide public access to recreate on the river, or help fish… Read more »

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 »

Hydro “Power Grab” Bill

Clackamas River Project bypass | Lisa Brown, Water Watch Oregon Healthy rivers are essential to the health and well-being of our communities. Hydropower dams have major impacts on river health, clean water, and wildlife. For more than 20 years, we’ve been able to achieve balance between healthy rivers and hydropower production because all the stakeholders,… 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 »