Looking Ahead to Restoration of Gravel Run

Centreville Dam During the long days of summer, for many, a trek across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge means a jaunt to Ocean City, Maryland, or Rehoboth, Delaware. I’m now an old hand at resisting the siren call of the sandy beaches and ocean waves as I exit off of MD-301 and head for the quaint… Read more »

Big Things Happening at Bloede (Behind the Scenes)

Bloede Dam | Latrent Smith If you’ve been following our blog for the past couple of months, you have learned that dam removals can take time to complete. It can entail dozens of moving parts (and partners) and several steps to reach the finish line. For several years we have been working to restore the… Read more »

Confronting Restoration Challenges in Urban Areas

Sewer, gas, and water lines created an added challenge to the Easton Dam removal, Lehigh River, PA | PA Fish & Boat Commission As we have been talking about river restoration challenges this month, it is important to recognize that different challenges exist in different environments. Today, I am going to talk about some of… Read more »

Less Road Salt = More Eggs

Last month, I shared a photographic journey around the Deer Creek watershed in Maryland with Jim Thompson from Maryland Fisheries Service (Fisheries Service). In this video, Jim explains how they sample for herring eggs in Maryland streams. Today, I wanted to follow-up on that adventure by looking at some of the results of this ongoing… Read more »

Cleaning Up With Robots

Visitors can learn about how the Trash Interceptor works while watching it cleanup the water! | Brendan Baker Every time I go out on the water I end up with a few pieces of trash in my boat that I scooped up as they floated by. Most paddlers or anglers I know carry a trash bag… Read more »

Patapsco River Fish Ladder Damaged in Storms

Bloede Dam, Patapsco River, MD | NOAA Earlier this month, I shared a blog about fish ladders and the challenges that fish face in using them. It turns out that a big storm that week really wreaked havoc on a fish ladder at one of our dam removal project sites— the Bloede Dam in Patapsco… Read more »

A Migratory Fish Photo Adventure on Deer Creek

Saturday, May 24, 2014, is the inaugural World Fish Migration Day. People across the globe will be learning all about fish that are making magnificent treks in order to reproduce, live, and hopefully thrive. To get into the spirit, I spent a day in the field with a fisheries biologist with the Maryland Department of Natural… Read more »

Can a Fish Climb a Ladder?

Jim Thompson (MD DNR) cleans out the top of a blocked fish ladder at Wilson’s Mill Dam on Deer Creek, MD | © Jessie Thomas-Blate As part of our celebration leading up to World Fish Migration Day on May 24, 2014, today we are talking about fish ladders! First things first— what is a fish… Read more »

River Champions – Reader Nominated

Kathleen (Kay) Fulcomer – Canoe Cruisers Association Kay has been advocating and working for the protection and restoration of the Potomac River and its sub-watersheds throughout Montgomery County, MD for the last three decades. As a science teacher in the county she has taught hundreds of students how to monitor and protect small streams in… Read more »

Map of US Dam Removals 1936-2013

Few things have such a fundamental impact on a river as a dam. Dams block a river’s flow and can harm clean water, fish and wildlife, and recreation opportunities. American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams. We have been creating a running inventory of all dam removal projects we… Read more »