Bids Accepted for Simkins Dam Removal

Washington DC – American Rivers is pleased to announce that we are accepting bids for the removal of the Simkins Dam on the Patapsco River in Ellicott City, Maryland. We have been working with Friends of the Patapsco Valley State Park, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Maryland Department of Natural Resources for the past two years to… Read more »

Exploring the History of the Patapsco River

Today’s post is a guest blog by Taylor Cox. Taylor is a communications intern at American Rivers. She is majoring in Communication, Law, Economics, and Government (CLEG) with a minor in Environmental Science at American University. Cascade Falls | William Shewbridge (flickr) American Rivers is working to reconnect historic migratory fish routes along the Patapsco… Read more »

Removing Bloede Dam Solves Critical Infrastructure Issue

Bloede Dam | USFWS Our work to remove dams and restore rivers often hinges on more than a single issue. Nowhere is this truer than our efforts to remove the Bloede Dam on the Patapsco River in Maryland. While the primary driver for this restoration effort is the opening of more than 65 miles of… Read more »

American Rivers Releases List of 2010 Dam Removals

Washington DC – 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 2010, benefitting hundreds of miles of rivers nationwide. The list includes obsolete dams in California, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio,… Read more »

Major Week for Dam Removals

This is a major week for dam removal, with news that underscores the national leadership of American Rivers and our track record of success in the field of river restoration. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today that it will provide American Rivers with more than $4 million in economic stimulus funding to… Read more »

Not Your Typical Cleanup

American Rivers’ National River Cleanup™ offers a variety of support to registered river cleanup organizers. Generally, river cleanups involve walking along a shoreline or paddling in boats to remove typical debris like bottles, food containers, and packaging. But in the case of the Friends of the Patapsco Valley State Park cleanup—this trash isn’t typical! Volunteers… Read more »

Oysters Get New Habitat from Dam Pieces

Concrete from the Simkins Dam is headed to its new home today thanks to NOAA and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The dam, which originally blocked more than 22 miles of habitat for migratory fish in the Patapsco River, was removed in December 2010 due to the efforts of American Rivers, the NOAA Restoration Center, the… Read more »

Time for a 21st Century Approach to Flood Management

Download the “Natural Defenses” report Throughout history, we have built up and encroached upon the areas that naturally provide us with multiple benefits – our rivers, floodplains, wetlands, and upland areas.  For far too long we have ignored the inevitable impacts of watershed development, piece meal flood control approaches, and agricultural practices, trading off our… Read more »

American Rivers receives $3.57 million from NOAA to restore Patapsco River

Washington – Maryland’s Patapsco River will soon be healthier for fish and safer for local residents, thanks to a $3.57 million grant awarded by the NOAA Restoration Center to American Rivers. The grant supports the Patapsco River Restoration Project, ensuring the removal of the Bloede Dam and continued long-term monitoring of the Patapsco. Removing Bloede… Read more »