Map of US Dam Removals 1936-2013

We are excited to launch this interactive map of all known dam removals in the U.S.! 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… Read more »

Celebrating the Protection of Washington’s Teanaway River!

Teanaway River ribbon cutting | © Tom Ring Washington state’s picturesque Teanaway River Valley — home to wolves, elk, salmon, and steelhead trout as well as limitless hiking, mountain biking, backcountry skiing and fishing opportunities – is permanently protected from development as of October 1st.  Instead of facing a future of resorts and ranchettes, over… Read more »

Bipartisan Leadership Gains Recognition

Sign The Thank You Letter Rep. DelBene and myself on the Snoqualmie River, WA | © Wendy McDermott Thank you for protecting Alpine Lakes! Dear Reps. DelBene and Reichert: Thank you for your leadership on the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Act, H.R. 361. I support this important piece of… Read more »

Working Towards a Stronger Fish and Wildlife Program

Submit your comments to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council to protect fish and wildlife! | © Thomas O’Keefe The Northwest Power and Conservation Council (Council) is charged with developing a Fish and Wildlife Program to mitigate for the development and operation of the large federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers. This program… Read more »

Featured River

Nooksack River, Washington The Nooksack River system is home to all five types of salmon, bald eagle, black bear, cougar, elk, and many other fish and wildlife species that need intact, wild places to survive. Whitewater rivers, incredible mountain views and old-growth forests provide world-class hiking, kayaking, and other recreation opportunities. American Rivers is currently… Read more »

Nooksack River Recreation Planning

The unique and beautiful Nooksack River system is the gem of Whatcom County, Washington. Flowing west from the snow-covered peaks of Mt. Baker, Mt. Shuksan, and the Twin Sisters Mountains of the North Cascades to the sparkling, salty waters of the Salish Sea, the Nooksack River weaves its way through forests, farmlands, and several small communities…. Read more »

The Economics of Small Dams

Today’s guest blog is a part of the America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series, and it is about a river that we listed in 2012, the South Fork Skykomish River in Washington.  Rich Bowers, the Hydropower Reform Coalition Pacific Northwest Coordinator, tells us about a new economic report that sheds light on the economics of dam… Read more »

Our Next Wild and Scenic Rivers

Rogue River, OR | American Rivers American Rivers has worked for 40 years to protect the nation’s best, free-flowing rivers with Wild and Scenic River designations. A Wild and Scenic River designation is the strongest tool to protect rivers, prohibiting dams and other harmful development. It safeguards a river’s special fish and wildlife habitat, clean… Read more »

Cle Elum Sockeye Celebration

This is a guest post from Hannah Mink, Washington State Conservation Intern for American Rivers. Salmon Celebration Ceremony on the Yakima River, WA | © Michael Garrity Witnessed on July 10th, was a historic celebration! With the sun high and temperatures too, hundreds gathered on the shores of Lake Cle Elum, dressed in everything from… Read more »

Dam Proposed for South Fork Skykomish would be an Economic Loser

A new economic study of the controversial Sunset Falls Dam on Washington’s South Fork of the Skykomish River, reveals the power generated at the proposed site would cost 2.3 times more than the Snohomish County Public Utility District (SnoPUD) estimates.  Rocky Mountain Econometrics (RME), an economic, business and energy consulting firm in Boise, Idaho, evaluated… Read more »