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 »

American Rivers and NOAA Award $300,000 to Restore Rivers and Fisheries in the Northeast

Washington, DC – Rivers and fisheries in the Northeast will benefit from over $300,000 in grants from American Rivers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restoration Center. Grants available through the partnership between American Rivers and the NOAA Community-based Restoration Program totaling $748,000 were awarded to projects in seven states, including Maine, Massachusetts… Read more »

How Long Will Mt. Hood’s Rivers Have to Wait?

For all of us who have waited to see Wild and Scenic protections finally provided to some of Mount Hood’s wildest rivers, well, this week’s vote in the House of Representatives means we will just have to wait a little bit longer. The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 would have safeguarded over 1,100… 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 »

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 Removal of the outdated dam will help the owner, Cascade School Supplies, avoid excessive financial hardship for repairs to a dam… Read more »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 »