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 »

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 »

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 In some cases where a dam is outdated, unsafe, or has outlived its usefulness, American Rivers advocates for dam removal.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7000 Reasons to Remove a Small, Outdated Dam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 »

Saluda River Success!

American Rivers is helping secure key clean water protections for South Carolina’s Saluda River through the hydropower dam relicensing effort. Learn more: Clean Water Success on South Carolina’s Saluda

Deschutes River Success!

American Rivers and our partners worked to improve the operation of the Pelton Round Butte hydropower project on the Deschutes River in Oregon, creating benefits for the river’s health, fish, and anglers. Learn more about our river restoration work around dams at www.AmericanRivers.org/Dams

Muskegon River Success!

A great success story out of Michigan, where we worked with our partners to improve dam operations on the Muskegon River. Check our video feed for the other films in this success series about the Deschutes River and the Saluda River!