Shawsheen River, MA

Part of the Merrimack River watershed in Massachusetts, the mainstem of the Shawsheen River flows 25 miles from its headwaters at the Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, through Andover as it travels to its confluence with the Merrimack River in Lawrence. The Shawsheen watershed has an urban character throughout and supports a population of… 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.

Hopewell Mills Dam Removal Begins in Taunton

TAUNTON, MA – Excavators today began chipping away at concrete that has held back the Mill River for decades. Within days, the impoundment behind the Hopewell Mills Dam will drop, and the river will begin to transform, opening up fish and wildlife habitat that hasn’t been available for nearly 200 years. “With the removal of… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Restoring a brook that sustained the Pilgrims

While nearly everyone who grew up in the United States knows the story of the Mayflower and the Pilgrims coming to Plymouth, Massachusetts, not everyone knows why they landed where they did. A big part of that decision was a spring-fed stream that they called Town Brook. Town Brook was a source of fresh water… 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 »

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 »