Dam Removal Success Stories

Read the full report (PDF) Introduction  Few human actions have more significant impacts on a river system than the presence of a dam. As a result, dams occupy a central role in the debate about protecting and restoring our river resources. Many of the major environmental campaigns in the United States, and around the world,… Read more »

What’s In Your Water: The State of Public Notification in 11 U.S. States

Executive Summary Our clean water is threatened by aging, overburdened sewer systems that overflow more than 860 billion gallons of raw and partially-treated sewage into our rivers and streams every year. Sewage spills threaten public health, spoil recreation, hinder economic values, and harm wildlife. As pipes age and the population grows, America’s overburdened wastewater infrastructure… Read more »

2009 America’s Most Endangered Rivers: Lower Snake River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ Report: 2009 Edition #3 Lower Snake River, Idaho, Oregon and Washington Threat: Four dams Four dams on the lower Snake River have caused dramatic declines in the Snake River basin’s once magnificent salmon runs and have stymied efforts to restore these fish. Removing the four dams and restoring a free-flowing lower Snake… Read more »

American Rivers and NOAA Award $290,000 to Restore Rivers and Improve Fish Passage in Six States

 Washington, D.C. – Rivers and fisheries nationwide are getting a boost, thanks to a partnership between American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restoration Center. $290,000 in Community-based Habitat Restoration Program Partnership grants were awarded this year to reconnect fragmented river habitat, improve river health and… Read more »

Conservancy, American Rivers Support Designating Illabot Creek as Wild and Scenic

Seattle, WA – The Nature Conservancy and American Rivers today applauded Representative Rick Larsen and Senator Patty Murray for introducing new legislation that will designate Illabot Creek, a key tributary of the Skagit River, as a Wild and Scenic River. “By introducing this legislation, Rep. Larsen and Sen. Murray are showing tremendous vision to protect the quality… Read more »

Dam Removal: Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Dam Removal: Frequently asked questions (FAQs) 1) What is a dam? There are a number of technical and legal definitions of a dam but generally it is any structure that impounds or diverts water. 2) How many dams are there in the United States? The exact number of dams is not known. There are approximately… Read more »

Group targets flawed federal levee policies in Puget Sound

Read the 60-day Notice (PDF) Seattle – An Army Corps of Engineers policy to remove trees and other vegetation from levees on Puget Sound area rivers jeopardizes endangered salmon and may compromise flood protection, American Rivers said today in a 60-day notice of intent to sue letter to the Corps. American Rivers urged the Corps… Read more »