Map of US Dam Removals 1936-2014

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 American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams.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

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 »

A Thanksgiving Dam Removal

Townbrook Fall | Amy Singler Most of us know the story of the Pilgrims landing in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Like many children growing up in Massachusetts, I visited Plimoth Plantation with my elementary school. But on those trips to Plymouth, we never stopped at Town Brook, which played a role in the Pilgrim’s choice of landing,… Read more »

Whittenton Dam Removal Begins in Taunton

TAUNTON, MA – Eight years after a near-tragedy brought public attention to this dilapidated structure, the Whittenton Dam is being removed, both to ensure public safety and to restore the ecological health of the Mill River. “River restoration pays off for fish and people. Last year, the Hopewell Mills Dam was removed from the Mill… Read more »

The Fish are Back!

This blog is a reprint from Rachel Calabro’s blog on Mill River Restoration. River Herring swimming above the Hopewell Mill Dam, MA for the first time in 200 years! | © Rachel Calabro After 200 years, river herring have been spotted in the Mill River above the Hopewell Mills dam. The Division of Marine Fisheries… Read more »

Finding the connection on Amethyst Brook

American Rivers’ staff at Orient Springs Dam, MA | Bob Irvin At American Rivers we like to say that rivers connect us, but how do you reconnect a river?  That was the question I was pondering on a cold April day along the banks of Amethyst Brook in western Massachusetts.  One of the things that… Read more »

2012 Dams Removed

See the 2013 List. Download a comprehensive list of dams removed 1998-2012 [PDF] Communities in 19 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 62 dams in 2012, American Rivers announced today. Outdated or unsafe dams came out of rivers in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota,… Read more »

Thanksgiving: A River Runs Through It

A holiday blog from our Communications Intern, Johannes Dreisbach. Painting of the first Thanksgiving | U.S. New Zealand Embassy Happy Thanksgiving!  The big day is finally here, and you’re probably excitedly waiting for (or frantically preparing) an enormous feast.  Surely you will be covering your table with Thanksgiving staples such as cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, pumpkin… Read more »

2010 Dam Removals

See a full list of dams removed in 2010  See a full list of dams removed/slated for removal in 2009 See our past list of dams removed from 1998-2008 American Rivers, the leading conservation organization fighting for healthy rivers so communities can thrive, today announced its annual list of 60 dams that were removed in… Read more »