American Rivers names Augusta, ME one of nation’s top ‘water wise’ communities

Washington, DC — American Rivers today named Augusta, Maine as one of the nation’s top “water wise” communities protecting clean water and public health with innovative green solutions. The city was chosen for its improvement of river health following the removal of Edwards Dam.  The report, “Natural Security: how sustainable water strategies are preparing communities for… Read more »

The 10th Anniversary of the Edwards Dam Removal on Maine’s Kennebec River

American Rivers * Natural Resources Council of Maine * Trout Unlimited* Atlantic Salmon Federation Augusta, ME – State, Federal, and local officials, along with conservation leaders, will gather on the bank of the Kennebec River in Augusta, Maine on June 30 for a press conference to celebrate the tenth anniversary of one of our nation’s… Read more »

A New Chapter For The Penobscot River

Today, one of the nation’s most significant river restoration projects begins on the Penobscot River in Maine. The president of American Rivers, Bob Irvin, is at the event to kick off the removal of Great Works Dam. The remarks he is delivering at the event are shared below: Watch recorded footage of the Great Works Dam… Read more »

Map of US Dam Removals 1936-2014

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 American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams.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

Boston Globe Agrees that the Solution to Hazardous Dams is Removal

Over the past several weeks, flooding in New England has resulted in: The failure of the Forge Pond Dam in Freetown, Massachusetts, causing the evacuation of homes and businesses downstream. The failure of the Bolivar Street Dam in Canton, Massachusetts, causing the evacuation of an apartment building and sending sewage into the building. Leaks in… Read more »

River Rebirth: Removing Edwards Dam on Maine’s Kennebec River

This article was originally published to celebrate the 2009 10 year anniversary of Edwards Dam removal. It was written by Andrew Fahlund, American Rivers’ Senior Vice President for Conservation at the time, and published by National Geographic. Before and 10 years after removal of Edwards Dam, Kennebec River, Maine Perhaps no other injury to a river… Read more »

Best Rivers in the Fall – Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast

Today’s post is a guest blog by Taylor Cox. Taylor is a communications intern at American Rivers this fall. She is majoring in Communication, Law, Economics, and Government (CLEG) with a minor in Environmental Science at American University. It’s Autumn, which has American Rivers staff thinking of their favorite rivers to see the season’s colors…. Read more »

Desperate Alewives

Culverts funded for replacement on Muscongus Brook in Bremen, Maine | © Amy Singler Maine Public Broadcasting Network program Sustainable Maine recently aired a great episode titled, “Desperate Alewives.” The program focuses on the anadromous alewives that once migrated up New England rivers by the millions but have declined dramatically. The information on the history… 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 »