Why did the fish cross the road?

While most people ignore the tiny stream under the bridge they’re driving across, river scientists and road managers think a lot about these structures. When we are working to restore our rivers we are always talking about bringing together partners and increasingly those partnerships are broadening, particularly when we think about the nexus of roads and rivers.

Protecting Wild Rivers

Explore Wild & Scenic Rivers Less than 1 percent of rivers in the U.S. are still wild and free. Wild and Scenic River designation by Congress is the best tool to protect rivers and the lands along their banks. We are excited to launch an interactive map showing all the Wild and Scenic Rivers throughout… Read more »

Map of US Dam Removals 1936-2013

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 American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams.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 »

Removing Spoonville Dam to restore Farmington River

The Spoonville Dam on the Farmington River was breached in the 1955 floods. The remaining portion of the dam is 128 feet long and 25 feet high and spans more than half of the river causing a constriction with high velocities that are difficult for many species to navigate and dangerous for kayakers. Full dam… Read more »

What’s Your Favorite River Beer?

What’s your favorite river beer? My colleague Kavita just came back from a meeting in southern Oregon where she learned that Rogue Ales and Spirits of Newport, Oregon will soon release “Restoration Redd Ale” to benefit salmon habitat restoration efforts (for you non-Northwesterners, a redd is a salmon “nest” in the bed of a river)…. Read more »

Show Your Love For Water Trails: Join Trails Advocacy Week

Register today for American Hiking Society’s Hike The Hill: Trails Advocacy Week February 12-17, 2011. Trail advocates from across the nation will come to the nation’s capital to promote and protect our nation’s system of trails – including water trails. Come talk to your elected officials about your water trail and get up to speed… Read more »

Boston Globe Agrees that the Solution to Hazardous Dams is Removal

Over the past several weeks, flooding in New England has resulted in: The failure of the Forge Pond Dam in Freetown, Massachusetts, causing the evacuation of homes and businesses downstream. The failure of the Bolivar Street Dam in Canton, Massachusetts, causing the evacuation of an apartment building and sending sewage into the building. Leaks in… Read more »

Permitting Dam Removal: The State of (Several) States

Read the full report (PDF) Introduction Dam owners and communities are increasingly considering the option of removing dams that are unsafe, obsolete or simply causing more harm than good. But as more dam removal projects are proposed, many states are finding that the application of existing permitting processes can be unreasonably complicated, time consuming, and expensive… Read more »

Ecological Riverfront Design: Restoring Rivers, Connecting Communities

A report by Betsy Otto, Kathleen McCormick, and Michael Leccese American Planning Association (APA) holds the copyright for this report. Please do not copy or post the files provided here without permission from APA. To purchase the full report from the American Planning Association bookstore, click here.  (Note: All links below are in PDF format)… Read more »

Our Latest Wild and Scenic River on its Way to Passage!

Great news from the nation’s capitol. Late on Wednesday the U.S. Senate voted 91-4 for Wild and Scenic River protection for the Eightmile River in Connecticut as a part of a larger public lands bill. We are confident that the U.S. House will also pass this bill and it will be signed into law by… Read more »