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 »

Map of US Dam Removals 1916-2015

Few things have such a fundamental impact on a river as a dam. Dams block a river’s flow and can harm clean water, fish and wildlife, and recreation opportunities. American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams. We have been creating a running inventory of all dam removal projects we… Read more »

Patapsco River Fish Ladder Damaged in Storms

Bloede Dam, Patapsco River, MD | NOAA Earlier this month, I shared a blog about fish ladders and the challenges that fish face in using them. It turns out that a big storm that week really wreaked havoc on a fish ladder at one of our dam removal project sites— the Bloede Dam in Patapsco… Read more »

Less Road Salt = More Eggs

Last month, I shared a photographic journey around the Deer Creek watershed in Maryland with Jim Thompson from Maryland Fisheries Service (Fisheries Service). In this video, Jim explains how they sample for herring eggs in Maryland streams. Today, I wanted to follow-up on that adventure by looking at some of the results of this ongoing… Read more »

Big Things Happening at Bloede (Behind the Scenes)

Bloede Dam | Latrent Smith If you’ve been following our blog for the past couple of months, you have learned that dam removals can take time to complete. It can entail dozens of moving parts (and partners) and several steps to reach the finish line. For several years we have been working to restore the… Read more »

Simkins Dam Removal: Nearly Four Years Later

Simkins Dam In an ideal world, we would have the resources to monitor changes in rivers and streams after many of our restoration projects. Monitoring helps us evaluate the river’s recovery following a major change, like the removal of a dam. Unfortunately, funding constraints often limit the extent and duration of monitoring work, leading to… Read more »

Best Rivers in the Fall – Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast

Today’s post is a guest blog by Taylor Cox. Taylor is a communications intern at American Rivers this fall. She is majoring in Communication, Law, Economics, and Government (CLEG) with a minor in Environmental Science at American University. It’s Autumn, which has American Rivers staff thinking of their favorite rivers to see the season’s colors…. Read more »

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 »