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  Today we’re announcing a big river restoration goal: we want to remove 100 outdated, unsafe dams in 2012.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 »

Helping the River Run Free

For two decades, American Rivers has worked with our partners to remove the nearly 100-year-old, 125-foot Condit dam and restore the White Salmon River. Now, an agreement has been reached to remove the dam later this year. This removal is a big step in allowing the White Salmon River to once again be home to… Read more »

Voices from the White Salmon River: Daniel Dancer

Daniel Dancer, White Salmon River Activist The removal of Condit Dam on Washington’s White Salmon River begins on October 26. The effort to restore the river and its salmon has taken decades. In this guest post, local advocate Daniel Dancer remembers the very beginning of the dam removal effort. For me it began in 1990… Read more »

Watch the final video in our Year of the River series

We released a short film today with our partners at American Whitewater and the Hydropower Reform Coalition  that tells the story of historic dam removal successes on Washington’s Elwha and White Salmon rivers. The seven-minute film premiered at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in January and is the final installment in the “Year of the River” series by… Read more »

Year of the River Video Project: White Salmon Restoration

I love this video. I love these two amazing women – Heather Herbeck, a whitewater guide and kayak instructor at Wet Planet, and Phyllis Clausen, who lived on the river for 30 years, volunteered with Friends of the White Salmon, and spearheaded river restoration and protection efforts. This is the second video in our Year… Read more »

Rafting on the Recently Restored White Salmon River

Exposed bank of the former reservoir on the White Salmon River, WA – notice the old boat | American Rivers On Saturday I rafted the White Salmon River. With Condit Dam completely gone, the river is now free-flowing from its source high up in the snow-melt streams of Mount Adams all the way to the… Read more »

Grins and Gratitude on the White Salmon

Old Reservoir on the White Salmon River | Thomas O’Keefe, American Whitewater After years of effort by American Rivers and partners including Friends of the White Salmon, the Yakama Nation, and American Whitewater, the White Salmon River is flowing free. On November 2nd, the new stretch of river through the reservoir section and old Condit dam… 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 »

White Salmon River to run free tomorrow with breach of Condit Dam

Portland, OR – The restoration of Washington’s White Salmon River will begin with a boom Wednesday, when a hole is blasted in the base of the 100 year old Condit Dam. The event will mark a significant milestone for river restoration regionally and nationally. A live feed of the blast, scheduled for approximately noon Pacific… Read more »

Elwha and White Salmon River Restoration Projects Show Great Success

Washington, DC – One year since two of the nation’s most significant river restoration projects began, American Rivers is applauding the progress and significant economic, environmental, and social benefits that have already started to accrue.  The nation’s leading river conservation organization also warned against an extreme piece of legislation that would hurt river restoration efforts… Read more »