Moving beyond the “Is hydropower green?” question

 There has been a recent flurry of news about hydropower and whether it should be considered a “green” source of power. Grist’s Ask Umbra column featured a discussion about whether a hydro project on one’s backyard stream is a sustainable way to generate power for home energy purposes. In a piece about dams in the… Read more »

Successful Habitat Restoration Projects

Morgan Point Bendway Closure Structure, ArkansasThe $2.7 million project was designed to restore flows to the Morgan Point Bendway, which was cut off when the Wilbur D. Mills Dam was constructed. An overflow weir closure structure at the mouth of the bendway and a water supply pipeline from the dam was built. Additionally, some areas… Read more »

Beyond Banning Dams: Wild and Scenic Designations

Read the full report (PDF) INTRODUCTION The movement to protect the nation’s remaining free-flowing rivers was born out of America’s “big dam” era from the 1930s to the 1960s. Concerned at the rapid pace of development of many of the country’s rivers for power, flood control, and irrigation, people across the United States acted to ensure… Read more »

The Many Ways Wild and Scenic Designations Help our Rivers

So what exactly do Wild and Scenic River Designations do?  Sure, they prevent  harmful water projects, such as dams, but do they do anything else? To help clarify the many things a Wild and Scenic designation can do, the American Rivers Northwest staff put together a new series of case studies: “Beyond Banning Dams: Benefits… Read more »

Innovative Water Management in the Northwest

The Northwest’s magnificent rivers are the lifeblood of natural ecosystems and human communities. We cannot take our rivers and fresh water for granted. Climate change, population growth, and the increasing value of water as a marketable commodity have led to calls for new water supply reservoirs and more water withdrawals from rivers, both of which… Read more »

Ecological Riverfront Design: Restoring Rivers, Connecting Communities

A report by Betsy Otto, Kathleen McCormick, and Michael Leccese American Planning Association (APA) holds the copyright for this report. Please do not copy or post the files provided here without permission from APA. To purchase the full report from the American Planning Association bookstore, click here.  (Note: All links below are in PDF format)… Read more »

Conservation Group CEOs Ask Obama Administration to Change Bush Salmon Policy

Washington, DC –The heads of seven major environmental groups today called on the White House to “revisit and substantially improve” Bush administration salmon and dam management policies on the Snake and Columbia rivers.  The letter calls for the Obama administration to consider major changes to federal dam management and river operations “up to and including… Read more »

Stimulus Funds to Speed Timeline for Elwha Dam Removal

(Seattle, WA) – Removal of two dams on Washington’s Elwha River will begin no later than 2011, thanks to $54 million in federal economic recovery funds that American Rivers advocated for. The dam removal, which will be the largest in the nation’s history, was scheduled to begin in 2012. The funds will go toward preliminary… Read more »

Lower Snake River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington — Four dams on the lower Snake River are driving salmon to the brink of extinction while preventing the Northwest from embracing 21st century energy and transportation opportunities. This threat landed the lower Snake in the number three spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers: 2009 edition. American Rivers and its partners called on the… Read more »