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 »

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 »

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 American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams.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

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 »

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 »

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 »

Explore the America’s Rivers through “River Stories”

See The Stories Take a virtual tour down America’s rivers! Ever wonder what it’s like to travel down some of America’s most scenic rivers? American Rivers, the National Park Service, and local conservation and recreation groups across the country have teamed up to create, “River Stories.” Powered by National Geographic Maps GeoStories, “River Stories” uses… 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 »

Fort Halifax Dam Removal Begins this Week

“Patience and perserverence have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” –John Quincy Adams A decade-long fight ended this week as removal began on the Fort Halifax Dam on the Sebasticook River in Maine. As the years dragged on, this battle became about more than honoring an agreement signed in conjunction with… Read more »