Long Term Solution Needed for Hathaway Pond Dam

(Rochester, MA) – American Rivers today praised the work of public safety officials from the Town of Rochester, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, and the Massachusetts Office of Dam Safety to prevent the failure of Hathaway Pond Dam in Rochester. The dam, located on the Sippican River, developed a large hole during this week’s flooding,… Read more »

Unsafe Dams Threaten Communities Nationwide

There are few things as scary as a dam failing in the middle of the night, with vulnerable communities just downstream. But that’s exactly what happened last week in Massachusetts. Luckily nobody was harmed when the 300 year old dam in Freetown breached, but it is a sober reminder of the threat unsafe dams pose… Read more »

American Rivers names Boston one of nation’s top ‘water wise’ communities

Washington, DC – American Rivers today named Boston as one of the nation’s top “water wise” communities protecting clean water and public health with innovative green solutions. Boston was chosen for its cost-saving natural flood protection measures. The report, “Natural Security: how sustainable water strategies are preparing communities for a changing climate,” comes as Congress is… Read more »

Natural Security Report

In our new report, Natural Security: How Sustainable Water Strategies are Preparing Communities for a Changing Climate, we name eight of the nation’s top cities that are using green solutions to prepare for the droughts and floods that are coming with climate change.

Bronson Brook Stream Restoration Press Event This Friday

Worthington, MA – This Friday, July 17, at 12:00 reporters are invited to visit a successful stream restoration project on Bronson Brook. Staff from American Rivers, The Nature Conservancy, and the Town of Worthington will be onsite as they study how the stream’s health is progressing since a new, improved culvert was installed. A culvert is… Read more »

Floodplain and Wetlands Restoration Projects

Coyote Creek, CaliforniaAfter major flooding in 1983, the Santa Clara Valley Water District sought approval for levee setbacks and bypass channels. The project was completed in 1995 and is credited for reducing flooding in 1997. According to the Santa Clara Valley Water District, flood waters would have been 40 percent faster and water volume would… Read more »

Ecological Riverfront Design: Restoring Rivers, Connecting Communities

A report by Betsy Otto, Kathleen McCormick, and Michael Leccese American Planning Association (APA) holds the copyright for this report. Please do not copy or post the files provided here without permission from APA. To purchase the full report from the American Planning Association bookstore, click here.  (Note: All links below are in PDF format)… Read more »

Beyond Dams: Options and Alternatives

Read the full report (PDF) Introduction Rivers weave in and out of our lives, providing innumerable benefits to communities across the world. In the United States, we rely on our rivers for drinking water, irrigation, aquatic habitat, fisheries, energy, navigation, recreation and simply the natural beauty they bring to our landscapes. Humans have been building… Read more »