Map of US Dam Removals 1936-2013

We are excited to launch this interactive map of all known dam removals in the U.S.! 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… Read more »

Black Warrior River Mining Petition Denied in Flawed Decision

© Nelson Brooke Tell the University of Alabama, the major owner of land and mineral rights at the proposed mine site, to say NO to Shepherd Bend Mine. Recently, we posted a blog from the Black Warrior Riverkeeper talking about the support that has been growing in the basin for protection of the river against… Read more »

Black Warrior River One Step Closer To Clean Water Protections

This is a guest blog by Charles Scribner, Executive Director, Black Warrior Riverkeeper. © Nelson Brooke Tell the University of Alabama, the major owner of land and mineral rights at the proposed mine site, to say NO to Shepherd Bend Mine. The Student Government Association (SGA) at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) has… Read more »

Revive the Coosa: Balancing Energy and Health

Sign the Petition Tell FERC: Don’t Rubber-Stamp Environmental Review In order to reverse the dams’ significant damage to the Coosa – once one of the most biologically diverse rivers in the world – we ask that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [FERC] complete more thorough environmental studies to ensure protections are in place to balance… Read more »

Protect Birmingham’™s Drinking Water from Coal Mine Pollution

The Black Warrior River is a valuable resource for drinking water, recreation, fishing, and rare fish and wildlife. However, the river’s Mulberry Fork is threatened by the Shepherd Bend Mine, which would discharge polluted wastewater only 800 feet from a major drinking water intake. To mine the proposed area leases must be obtained leases from… Read more »

Hearing to Protect Birmingham’s Drinking Water

Proposed coal mine along the Black Warrior River, AL | © Nelson Brooke In April, American Rivers named the Black Warrior River one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® due to the threat of coal mining. A hearing on a proposal to declare a Black Warrior tributary as unsuitable for mining is coming up in July,… Read more »

and justice for all’: In Continued Opposition to the Shepherd Bend Mine

Today’s guest blog about the #7 Black Warrior River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Reverend Anthony “Alann” Johnson, MDiv, the President of Birmingham’s Titusville Community. On May 18, the Titusville Community passed a resolution opposing the Shepherd Bend Mine [PDF] that has been proposed on property predominantly belonging to… Read more »

Water Efficiency Guidelines for Water Supply Projects in the Southeast

Providing a clean and reliable water supply is of growing concern for many Southeastern communities, as well as communities across the United States. Among the available solutions, reservoirs, created by damming rivers to capture and store water, are often the first choice of water utilities. Water supply reservoirs are viewed as a quick fix, but… Read more »