And the Oscar goes to…the effort to remove Matilija Dam!

Imagine my surprise watching the Oscars last night when, during a break from the glitz and the gowns, there was Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, in a commercial talking about dam removal! The ad was for the Members Project, a social action campaign by American Express. The 200 foot tall dam featured in the ad… 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 »

Saving Sierra Nevada rivers from misguided dam proposals

The South Sutter Water District recently proposed the 350-ft Garden Bar dam on the Bear River approximately 45 miles northeast of Sacramento California. Garden Bar Reservoir would permanently flood approximately 2,500 acres in the lower Bear River, 900 of which are permanently protected public open space (Map2). At a cost of nearly half a billion… Read more »

Today is a Day to Celebrate

Today is a day to celebrate. Simply put, Congress today passed the most comprehensive river protection and public lands bill in decades. The bill includes over 1,100 miles of 86 new Wild and Scenic Rivers in eight states and also designates over 2 million acres of new wilderness.  To give you a sense of scale,… Read more »

Update On Clean Water At The Supreme Court

This is a guest blog from American Rivers’ intern, Genevieve Meller. Los Angeles River, CA | EPA Just last week, the Supreme Court (Court) issued their decision [PDF] on the Clean Water Act (CWA) case, Los Angeles County Flood Control District (District) v. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The Court reversed and remanded the decision… Read more »

The Mountains And Rivers In All Of Us

San Joaquin River headwater, CA | Evan Reimondo I’m a relatively recent transplant to California. I moved here from Flagstaff, Arizona to take my current position with American Rivers, but I brought with me a love for the mountains. I’d visited California’s mountains before, but to get a little more familiar with them, I’ve been… Read more »

2012 Dams Removed

See the 2013 List. Download a comprehensive list of dams removed 1998-2012 [PDF] Communities in 19 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 62 dams in 2012, American Rivers announced today. Outdated or unsafe dams came out of rivers in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota,… Read more »

River Friendly Agriculture in the San Gregorio Watershed

California’s unique geography and Mediterranean climate have allowed the state to become one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. California produces over 250 different crops and leads the nation in the production of 75 commodities. Most of this production would not be possible without irrigation—agriculture and water are inextricably linked. In an… Read more »

Map of US Dam Removals 1916-2015

Few things have such a fundamental impact on a river as a dam. Dams block a river’s flow and can harm clean water, fish and wildlife, and recreation opportunities. American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams. We have been creating a running inventory of all dam removal projects we… Read more »