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 »

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 »

Dam Removal Saves Jobs in Rural Community

Clarksburg, MA – With the help of U.S. Rep. John Olver, federal funding has been secured to remove the 15 foot high and 200 foot long Briggsville Dam in the town of Clarksburg, Massachusetts. Removal of the outdated dam will help the owner, Cascade School Supplies, avoid excessive financial hardship for repairs to a dam… Read more »

Lessons Learned from Contentious Dam Removals

The Boston Globe Magazine published an article this week about a debate to remove three dams from the Shawsheen River in Massachusetts. The article highlighted what American Rivers staff around the country have been confronting for more than a decade: While removing dams is the most effective way to restore native, self-sustaining river habitat, dam removal projects… 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 »

Briggsville Dam Breached, Removal Underway

Clarksburg, MA – American Rivers is proud to announce the breaching of the 15 foot high and 200 foot long Briggsville Dam in the town of Clarksburg, Massachusetts. American Rivers has contributed vital financial and technical support to this project. Removing the dam will help its owner, Cascade School Supplies, avoid abandoning the facility, laying… Read more »

Northeast dam removals bringing river back to life this summer

As some really big dam removals on the Pacific Northwest’s Elwha and White Salmon Rivers are grabbing the headlines, “small” dam removals continue to be completed around the country. American Rivers provided technical assistance on two projects currently in (de)construction in the Northeast, and helped fund these projects through our partnership with the NOAA Restoration… 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 »

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 »