Restoring a brook that sustained the Pilgrims

While nearly everyone who grew up in the United States knows the story of the Mayflower and the Pilgrims coming to Plymouth, Massachusetts, not everyone knows why they landed where they did. A big part of that decision was a spring-fed stream that they called Town Brook. Town Brook was a source of fresh water… Read more »

The 2009 River Action Day was a Success!

Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in the 2009 River Action Day (RAD)!   For six years, since 2003, RAD has provided a unique opportunity for river advocates across the country to meet with members of Congress to discuss the issues important to their communities and local rivers.  The event began with a motivating speech… Read more »

Is there a Connection – Hurricanes and Climate Change?

Satellite photo of Hurricane Sandy on October 29th | NASA GOES project As reports of the devastation from Sandy the “Frankenstorm” continue to come in, and the staggeringly expensive recovery gets under way, I find myself thinking about hurricanes and climate change. While we can’t connect one specific event like Hurricane Sandy to climate change,… Read more »

2010 Dam Removals

See a full list of dams removed in 2010  See a full list of dams removed/slated for removal in 2009 See our past list of dams removed from 1998-2008 American Rivers, the leading conservation organization fighting for healthy rivers so communities can thrive, today announced its annual list of 60 dams that were removed in… Read more »

East Coast Dam Removals Continue To Open Up Blocked Rivers

American Rivers is playing a significant role in dam removal projects up and down the east coast. In 2013 alone, we removed over 40 dams in the United States. In the Northeast restoration is underway on the Penobscot River, the Mid-Atlantic is seeing the return of American shad on the Patapsco River, and the Southeast… Read more »

Anglers Fund Conservation Update Part 5 – Mid-Atlantic/Northeast

Welcome to the fifth and last part of the Anglers Fund conservation update, which summarizes our recent successes to protect and restore important fish habitat. The theme for this report is “healthy fish need healthy rivers”. We hope you’ll enjoy seeing how our work has a positive impact on fisheries. This week is the Mid-Atlantic… Read more »

Statement on the Penobscot River Restoration in Maine

Press Release from the Penobscot River Restoration Trust (PDF) Washington, DC — Today is a historic turning point for the Penobscot River and its communities. It is exciting to enter the next phase of this project one of the most important river restoration efforts our country has ever seen. Rivers are remarkably resilient, and the… Read more »

Long Term Solution Needed for Hathaway Pond Dam

(Rochester, MA) – American Rivers today praised the work of public safety officials from the Town of Rochester, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, and the Massachusetts Office of Dam Safety to prevent the failure of Hathaway Pond Dam in Rochester. The dam, located on the Sippican River, developed a large hole during this week’s flooding,… Read more »

Whittenton Dam Removal Begins in Taunton

TAUNTON, MA – Eight years after a near-tragedy brought public attention to this dilapidated structure, the Whittenton Dam is being removed, both to ensure public safety and to restore the ecological health of the Mill River. “River restoration pays off for fish and people. Last year, the Hopewell Mills Dam was removed from the Mill… Read more »

Connecting Communities to Their River

A guest post from Linda Cox, Executive Director for The Bronx River Alliance. Bronx River Flotilla | Credit: Bronx River Alliance Today on a 23-mile river in New York, a group of old friends, including American River’s own Jenny Hoffner—along with Majora Carter, Alexie Torres-Fleming and Dart Westphal—will be honored as the founding visionaries of… Read more »