The Anatomy of a Dam Failure

Failed dam on the Green River in Massachusetts shows the river flowing around the spillway and through the retaining wall breach. Parts of the northeast took a beating from Hurricane Irene in late August, and along with road failures, culvert failures, and significant property damage, we also saw a number of dam failures. The flood… Read more »

A Bad Day for Mountaintop Removal is a Good Day for Rivers

Kayford Mountain, WV | Vivian Stockman One of the biggest threats to river health in Appalachia is mountaintop removal coal mining.  This is a problem that American Rivers highlighted in our 2012 (Coal River) and 2010 (Gauley River) lists of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.  Both the Coal and Gauley rivers are located in West Virginia… Read more »

The 10th Anniversary of the Removal of Maine’s Edwards Dam

A Historic River Restoration Success Ten years ago, on July 1, 1999, American Rivers and our partners celebrated a historic success when Edwards Dam was removed from the Kennebec River in Augusta, Maine. The dam removal marked a turning point for river conservation in our country.  Since then, more than 600 outdated dams have been removed… Read more »

HR3189 Sucks Rivers Dry – Here’s Why You Should Care

Dry river beds like this could be even more common if HR 3189 gets passed In Colorado and the arid West states, water rights are like property rights. They can be bought, sold or even leased. When someone holds the right to water, they know they are permitted a specific amount of water to use… Read more »

Taunton River Wild and Scenic Bill Passes House

Washington, DC —  A bill to designate the Taunton River as a Wild and Scenic River passed the House last night with bi-partisan support, putting the Taunton on track to become the fifth Wild and Scenic River in Massachusetts. All ten communities along the river enthusiastically support the designation, which will safeguard the river’s outstanding… Read more »

Communities Improving Public Safety through River Restoration

Washington, DC – American Rivers today released the new film, “Restoring America’s Rivers: Preparing for the Future,” which tells the inspiring story of how community leaders around the country are improving public safety and solving problems like flooding by restoring rivers and working with nature, not against it. The film examines four communities in New… Read more »

American Rivers Names America’s Most Endangered Rivers(TM) of 2011

Washington, DC – With floodwaters swelling the Mississippi River to historic levels and rivers nationwide at risk from gas drilling, sewage pollution, and other threats, American Rivers today released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™. For the second year in a row, the most endangered river in the United States is a victim… Read more »

Contaminants in Your Clams?

Residents along the Long Island Sound don’t just have to worry about possible beach closures this summer. Due to heavy rainfall over the last few days, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a temporary closure for shellfish harvesting in Nassau and Suffolk Counties along the coast. What does rainfall have to do with… Read more »

Get Money for your Dam Removal Project

As we have done the past eight years, American Rivers is once again working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to offer grants for stream barrier removal projects. We are specifically looking for projects that will help local communities thrive and benefit diadromous fish species—fish that live in both marine and freshwater habitats…. Read more »