Elwha Generators Power Down, River Powers Up!

Today is June 1, the first day of National Rivers Month — and we have some especially fitting news to share. After a decades-long effort to restore a healthy, free-flowing Elwha River, the hydropower generators at the river’s two dams are being turned off in preparation for dam removal this September. The Elwha River on… Read more »

Year of the River video project: Elwha River dam removal

One of the greatest restoration projects is starting September 17 with the removal of two dams on the Elwha River. Be sure to check out our Year of the River page where we’ll be posting photos and a live video stream of the ceremony in the coming week. The world’s biggest dam removal begins this… Read more »

Elwha River Dam Removal to Make History this Saturday

Elwha River in the gorge just downstream of Elwha Dam. Photo by Thomas O’Keefe. We’re making history this Saturday. That’s when the biggest dam removal ever begins on Washington’s Elwha River. It’s a major river restoration effort, and the world will be watching. It isn’t every day we get to celebrate a success like this…. Read more »

Year of the River: Dam Removals in the Pacific NW

A guest blog from our Commuications intern Johannes Dreisbach. Elwha dam breach, Elwah River, WA | National Park Service Autumn has been an incredibly exciting time at American Rivers, as it marks the one-year anniversary of the world’s largest dam removal project.  Because of efforts like the historic river restoration initiative in Washington state—which included… Read more »

Help us remove 100 dams in 2012!

  Let your elected officials know that you support dam removal in 2012!  Today we’re announcing a big river restoration goal: we want to remove 100 outdated, unsafe dams in 2012. Will you help us? Please take action and help spread the word. By removing obsolete dams we not only restore healthier, free-flowing rivers, we… Read more »

Olympic Peninsula, Washington

Royal Creek, Buckhorn Wilderness | © Wild Olympics Campaign Olympic Peninsula is known for its lush rainforests and rivers such as the Hoh, Elwha, Quinault and Duckabush. These and other iconic rivers of the Olympic Peninsula support some of the healthiest populations of salmon and steelhead in the region, and they provide critical habitat for… Read more »

Preparing for dam removal: Elwha River video update

American Rivers has fought for more than a decade to remove outdated dams on Washington’s Elwha River, and now the beginning of this historic dam removal effort is just over a month away! Watch the latest report from King 5 TV, where divers from The U.S. Geological Survey and the Environmental Protection Agency fight strong… Read more »

Progress report: Elwha River dam removal

One month ago, we kicked off the nation’s biggest dam removal project on Washington’s Elwha River. We’ve been wowed by the progress – watching with the help of Olympic National Park’s web cams — as crews take down these dams bit by bit. Here’s a snapshot of the Elwha Dam demolition so far: Earlier Snapshots… Read more »

See How Rivers Connect Us – River Mapping

This is a guest blog from American Rivers’ intern, Madelaine Pierce. Now you can trace your local river to learn more about its impact to your community | © NationalAtlas.gov The earliest known maps date back to before 16,500 BC, depicting simple images of the heavens and skies. Today, we can enjoy a wide variety… Read more »

Reflections on the Elwha dam removal ceremony

The day before the dam removal ceremony. Credit: Amy Kober Watch this post as a video blog I just returned from an amazing, inspiring weekend, celebrating the removal of the Elwha River dams. I wanted to share some of my experiences with you. On Saturday, I was proud to attend the ceremony at Elwha Dam,… Read more »