Mississippi floods: the Year of the River

Several months ago, American Rivers dubbed 2011 The Year of the River because of the exciting and unprecedented dam removal projects coming up. The river restoration on Washington’s Elwha and White Salmon are ones for the history books. But now we have another history-making event in the works: record flooding of the Mississippi River. We… Read more »

Over the River?

Colorado’s Arkansas River, flowing through Bighorn Sheep Canyon is one of the most majestic and storied rivers in Colorado and the nation.  Thousands of citizens raft and fish the river every year and it has served the needs of the Ute people for more than ten thousand years.  Over the past century, the Arkansas has been… Read more »

School kids send American Shad home to the Neuse

In a unique and utterly fun new program, schools around North Carolina have raised thousands of American shad fry (baby fish) to release into local rivers. American shad are migratory fish — meaning they live in the ocean but come to fresh water to spawn, often traveling hundreds of miles to do so. In the… Read more »

Tell Your Senators: Don’t Cut Conservation Programs

Take Action to Support Clean Water Take a moment right now to urge your Senators to reject cuts to hard-won conservation programs Your call today will come at a very important time when the Senate is back in session. A quick phone call to your Senator is even more powerful than a letter. Here’s what… Read more »

What’s So Bad About Dams, Anyway?

  In our line of work removing old dams to restore rivers, one of the most common questions people ask is “what’s so bad about dams, anyway?” It’s a great question and could be a short or long answer, depending on how detailed you want to get. I’ll attempt to summarize the key issues here…. Read more »

Little River Reservoir Stopped!

Little River, NC | American Rivers The Little River (just north of Raleigh, NC) will continue to be a free flowing river for the foreseeable future. The City of Raleigh will look to its current drinking water source- Falls Lake – and determine if additional water supply can be provided from that reservoir. American Rivers… Read more »

It’s a Matter of Pride. School Pride.

Today’s guest blog about the #7 Black Warrior River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Caitlin McClusky, with the Coalition of Alabama Students for the Environment (CASE).  CASE is a network of student leaders on eight college campuses in Alabama who are working together on the state’s most pressing environmental… Read more »

Restoring the Health of Georgia’s Flint River

Flint River at Hightower Shoals | Alan Cressler Georgia’s Flint River is one of only 40 rivers left in the United States that flow for more than 200 miles undammed, and American Rivers intends to keep the Flint that way. The Flint is also unfortunately the “poster child” for Southeastern rivers running dry, and with… Read more »

Forests to Faucets

Forests and forested watersheds in the Southern Appalachian Mountains in the Southeastern U.S. are at serious risk due to development pressure from regional population growth, and as a result of land management practices. Compared to other regions around the country, the Southeast has some of the most vulnerable forests in the U.S. in terms of… Read more »

Building partnerships to remove barriers on the Uwharrie River

Lassiter Mill dam removal, Uwharrie River, NC | © USFWS This summer American Rivers’ completed the removal of Lassiter Mill Dam on the Uwharrie River. The removal of this grist mill dam dating back to 1805 will have an incredible benefit to the river system. American Rivers has been actively pursuing this project since 2009 when… Read more »