U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wants to Protect Arctic Refuge Wild Rivers

Hulahula River, Alaska | © Judith Slein (flickr) This week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommended designating 278 miles of four major wild rivers in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, the Atigun, Marsh Fork of the Canning, the Kongakut and, the Hulahula, as Wild and Scenic Rivers.  The agency found six additional… Read more »

72 Dams removed in 2014

Download the 2014 Dam Removals list [PDF] Download a comprehensive list of dams removed 1998-2014 [PDF] Explore the interactive map of all dam removals (Washington) — Communities in 19 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 72 dams in 2014, restoring more than 730 miles of streams for the… Read more »

New Wild and Scenic Rivers protected by the President

Trout River, VT | John Little Last month President Obama signed into law the most significant river conservation bill in almost six years including protecting a slew of new Wild and Scenic Rivers. The legislation conserves 140 miles of new rivers along with 17,000 acres of important riverside land in Washington, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Vermont, and Oregon. The legislation also permanently protected watersheds… Read more »

Cleaning up Rivers with Keurig Green Mountain

Volunteers cleaned up 500 tires from the Merrimack River! | Clean River Project We arrived early to the volunteer check-in site on the morning of our cleanup. With plenty of time to set-up before volunteers were expected to arrive I took a seat on a bench overlooking the Charles River. As I sipped my coffee… Read more »

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.

What’s Happening Next on Town Brook?

Plymco Dam | AmySingler We have written about the exciting restoration of Town Brook in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The project is taking its next steps this month as we commence the removal of the next dam upstream, the Plymco Dam. This is the farthest upstream dam and makes for the fourth barrier removal on this short… Read more »

Musings on the Migratory Fish of the Week: Lamprey

Adult Sea Lamprey | USFWS World Fish Migration Day is coming up on Saturday (5/24)! Are you ready? If not, maybe these writings on lamprey will help you along. First, we have a poem by one of American Rivers’ partners, Tim Watts, about Cohannet. “Cohannet” is the Native American name given to the first falls on… Read more »

Celebrating River Herring with Another Dam Removal in Plymouth

Restored impoundment at Off-Billington Street is waiting for the growing season to green up | Amy Singler The river herring are running in coastal New England and it’s a great time to be celebrating another dam removal on Town Brook in Plymouth, Massachusetts. I was really excited to be a part of the festivities on… Read more »

River Champions – Reader Nominated

Marion Stoddart – Nashua River Watershed Association In the early 1960’s, Marion Stoddart decided to restore the Nashua River in Massachusetts and New Hampshire which was then considered one of the 10 most polluted rivers in the United States. She met with Massachusetts Governor John Volpe, Fitchburg Mayor William Flynn and the executives of the paper… Read more »

River Champions – Reader Nominated

Nancy Rich – Wild & Scenic Westfield River Committee Nancy Rich (left, blue jacket) and friends collect macro-invertebrates as indicators of water quality along the Wild & Scenic Westfield River. Nancy Rich is the representative for Chesterfield Massachusetts on the Wild & Scenic Westfield River Committee. She spearheaded a group in her town to adopt… Read more »