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 American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams.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

Dam Removal on the Battenkill: Good News for Wild Trout

Amy Singler at Dufresne Dam Removal, Battenkill River, VT | © Amy Signler Most fly fishermen are familiar with the Battenkill in Vermont and NY as an iconic trout stream in American fishing. The Orvis Company headquarters are located along it, and they named one of their most popular reels after it. Renowned fly fishing… Read more »

Cleaning Up the Winooski with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.

For the 9th year in a row, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ employees came out to cleanup the Winooski River, VT | © Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. Last month I had the pleasure of traveling to Vermont to hang with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) as they cleaned up the Winooski River. This weeklong… Read more »

American Rivers working with American Museum of Fly Fishing

As part of our fishing initiative supporting our work that improves fish habitat, American Rivers has been working with the American Museum of Fly Fishing (AMFF) in Manchester, Vermont. The museum is a wonderful resource for those who appreciate the history and joys of fly fishing, with exhibits and resources documenting the evolution of fly… Read more »

8th Annual Winooski River Cleanup with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

Volunteers work together to cleanup the Winooski River, VT | Lynsey Knowles Last week I had the pleasure of participating in Green Mountain Coffee Roaster’s (GMCR) 8th Annual Winooski River Cleanup as part of National River Cleanup®.  The five day river cleanup was attended by 240 employees in Waterbury, Vermont as part of Community Action… 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 »

Removing Dufresnse Dam on the Battenkill will restore trout habitat

See more photos of the Dufresne Dam. Brian Graber of our River Restoration Program tours the Dufresne Dam site on the Battenkill in Manchester, Vermont, which is planned for removal in summer 2012. The Battenkill is a popular cold water fishery with the Orvis flagship store also in Manchester. The Dufresne Dam is owned by… Read more »

Better stream crossings make for safer roads during storms

Here in the Northeast we saw a lot of damage to roads and streams from Hurricane Irene in Vermont, Massachusetts and New York. In many places, road-stream crossings such as bridges and culverts were over topped and washed out, leaving large gaps in our road maps, some of which are still being repaired months later…. Read more »

Hurricane Irene Underscores Need For Better Preparation

Over the past week Mother Nature has done a fine job of reminding those of us on the East Coast that she’s the one that’s really in charge. Between the earthquake that shocked us all, and Hurricane Irene still wreaking havoc as it moves up the east coast, we’re reminded that as much as we… Read more »

Show Your Love For Water Trails: Join Trails Advocacy Week

Register today for American Hiking Society’s Hike The Hill: Trails Advocacy Week February 12-17, 2011. Trail advocates from across the nation will come to the nation’s capital to promote and protect our nation’s system of trails – including water trails. Come talk to your elected officials about your water trail and get up to speed… Read more »