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 American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams.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 »

River Restoration Successes

Potomac Highlands Restoration Program Success Our partnership with the Potomac Conservancy has seen tremendous success. Featured in the photos above, the Shenandoah Valley Priority Lands Project in Virginia has successfully worked with private landowners to permanently conserve five local properties. These five properties amount to 1,049 acres, 5.5 stream miles, and 9.4 miles of forested… Read more »

Good Relationships And A Conservation Strategy At Work In The Potomac Highlands: A Summary Of Potomac Conservancy’s Shenandoah Valley Priority Lands Project

Today we have a guest blog from Emily Warner, former Land Protection Director at Potomac Conservancy. Emily’s team just completed a conservation easement project in western Virginia that American Rivers funded through our partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) called the Potomac Highlands Implementation Grant Program. This is Part 1 of a two part blog… Read more »

Fracking The Headwaters Of The Potomac? Bad Idea.

This is a guest post by JD Willoughby. JD has worked to protect and restore natural resources for more than 20 years in the Chesapeake Bay. Now located in Anchorage, AK, she continues her work in the natural resources field and enjoys exploring the last frontier. Jackson River, VA flows through the George Washington National… Read more »

East Coast Dam Removals Continue To Open Up Blocked Rivers

American Rivers is playing a significant role in dam removal projects up and down the east coast. In 2013 alone, we removed over 40 dams in the United States. In the Northeast restoration is underway on the Penobscot River, the Mid-Atlantic is seeing the return of American shad on the Patapsco River, and the Southeast… Read more »

Investing In Clean Rivers For A Healthy Chesapeake Bay: New Report

Cities and counties in the Bay states are behind schedule implementing permit controls to reduce stormwater runoff | © Jayme Frye The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has released a new report, “Polluted Runoff: How Investing in Runoff Pollution Control Systems Improves the Chesapeake Bay Region’s Ecology, Economy and Health.” Storm event runoff pollutes thousands of… Read more »

Report Card On The Potomac River: Access And Water Supply

The following is a guest post SERIES by JD Willoughby. JD has worked to protect and restore natural resources for more than 20 years in the Chesapeake Bay. Now located in Anchorage, AK, she continues her work in the natural resources field and enjoys exploring the last frontier. Potomac River, WV | © Adam Fagen… Read more »

Improvements for the Potomac River: River Health Now A “C” Grade

The following is a guest post series by JD Willoughby. JD has worked to protect and restore natural resources for more than 20 years in the Chesapeake Bay. Now located in Anchorage, AK, she continues her work in the natural resources field and enjoys exploring the last frontier. Dyke Marsh, Potomac River, VA | ©… Read more »

Restoring The Patapsco River One Dam At A Time

Patapsco River, MD | © American Rivers Despite the lack of updates on the Patapsco River Restoration project, things have indeed been moving forward. Perhaps you heard about our successful grant application to NOAA for funds for the Bloede Dam removal? Needless to say, we are thrilled! American Rivers worked with the Maryland Department of… Read more »

Growing momentum for dam removals through collaboration

The Potomac Industrial Dam removal project serves as a model for collaboration between stakeholders | © American Rivers We’ve had a pretty good run these last couple of years when it comes to river restoration. As the freedom cry of salmon rang out with explosives at Condit Dam and construction equipment mobilized to dismantle the… Read more »