Removing Spoonville Dam to restore Farmington River

The Spoonville Dam on the Farmington River was breached in the 1955 floods. The remaining portion of the dam is 128 feet long and 25 feet high and spans more than half of the river causing a constriction with high velocities that are difficult for many species to navigate and dangerous for kayakers. Full dam… Read more »

Susquehanna Listing Sparks Oversight Controversy

On Tuesday, American Rivers listed the Susquehanna River as America’s Most Endangered River because we are concerned about the threat of natural gas development in the watershed. Why are we concerned? Because drilling permits are being issued like gangbusters, and this river provides drinking water to more than 6 million people. The Susquehanna is one… Read more »

8th Annual Winooski River Cleanup with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

Volunteers work together to cleanup the Winooski River, VT | Lynsey Knowles Last week I had the pleasure of participating in Green Mountain Coffee Roaster’s (GMCR) 8th Annual Winooski River Cleanup as part of National River Cleanup®.  The five day river cleanup was attended by 240 employees in Waterbury, Vermont as part of Community Action… Read more »

Penobscot River, ME

The Penobscot River Restoration Trust, of which American Rivers is a founding member, has been working toward removing Penobscot’s outdated dams for many years. Removing the river’s two lowermost dams (Veazie Dam and Great Works Dam) and installing fish passage on two other dams will restore access to roughly 1,000 miles of habitat for the… Read more »

A Thanksgiving Dam Removal

Townbrook Fall | Amy Singler Most of us know the story of the Pilgrims landing in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Like many children growing up in Massachusetts, I visited Plimoth Plantation with my elementary school. But on those trips to Plymouth, we never stopped at Town Brook, which played a role in the Pilgrim’s choice of landing,… Read more »

Why Remove Dams Around the Chesapeake Bay?

Shad Fishing in the early part of the 20th century | Library of Congress Last month, I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of engaged, intelligent people at the local Patagonia store here in Washington, D.C. as a follow-up to a June screening of DamNation. Have you seen the film yet? It’s pretty… Read more »

Forge Pond Dam Breach is a Wake Up Call for Dam Owners

(Northampton, MA) – American Rivers today called the breach of the Forge Pond Dam in Freetown a wake up call for dam owners statewide. The 300 year old dam is one of the most unsafe dams in Massachusetts. It breached last night, threatening nearby homes with floodwaters. The breach is linked to recent storms, which… Read more »

Hopewell Mills Dam Removal Begins in Taunton

TAUNTON, MA – Excavators today began chipping away at concrete that has held back the Mill River for decades. Within days, the impoundment behind the Hopewell Mills Dam will drop, and the river will begin to transform, opening up fish and wildlife habitat that hasn’t been available for nearly 200 years. “With the removal of… Read more »