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 »

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 »

Unnatural Disasters, Natural Solutions: Lessons from the Flooding of New Orleans

Executive Summary The images are seared into our memories. As Hurricane Katrina roared ashore, the long-ignored warnings about the inadequacy of New Orleans’ defenses came shockingly, vividly alive. The flooding of New Orleans that followed was a tragic and appalling disaster. But it was not a natural disaster. Poor project planning, flawed project design, misplaced… Read more »