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 American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams.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

Schedule Proposed for Fixing Buckley Dam

NMFS announces long-awaited plans to prevent annual White River fish kills Buckley Dam fish kill | White Noise Productions Seattle, Wash.  — The National Marine Fisheries Service today released its official report, known as a biological opinion, on the Army Corps of Engineers’ Buckley Dam.  The report lays out a path for bringing the outdated… Read more »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 »

Green River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington – A Canadian corporation recently started exploratory drilling for what could become a 3,000-acre mine near the headwaters of the Green River, despite concerns about the mine’s proximity to the active Mount St. Helens volcano. The threat from a mine to drinking water supplies and the region’s unique ecology has earned the Green River… Read more »

Elwha Generators Power Down, River Powers Up!

Today is June 1, the first day of National Rivers Month — and we have some especially fitting news to share. After a decades-long effort to restore a healthy, free-flowing Elwha River, the hydropower generators at the river’s two dams are being turned off in preparation for dam removal this September. The Elwha River on… Read more »

Mining, Rivers, and Volcanoes Don’t Mix

Lewis River Meadow, WA | Susan Saul Mount St. Helens is an American icon. Anyone who lived in the Northwest during the 1980 eruption may remember ash and dust covering nearly every surface imaginable. People who lived in other parts of the country at the time may remember the amazing images of an ancient volcano… Read more »

Saving The Sky

Take Action to Protect theSF Skykomish River Please take a minute to email SnoPUD and urge them to abandon the Sunset Falls project! Just when I think I know a lot about the rivers in my backyard, I’m often surprised and humbled to find out that I have much more to learn. Case in point:… Read more »

Watch our new Elwha River dam removal film

We’re continuing to celebrate the world’s biggest dam removal on Washington’s Elwha River. Last week, a standing room only crowd of 300 at the Seattle REI store watched as we premiered a new film in our Year of the River series. Now you can see the video for yourself: The film by Andy Maser provides… Read more »

Condit Dam, White Salmon River, WA

American Rivers worked for more than 10 years with our partners to lead the effort to remove the 95-year old, 125-foot Condit dam and restore the White Salmon River. The White Salmon flows from its origin on the slopes of Mt. Adams to its confluence with the Columbia River. Portions of the river are protected as Wild and… Read more »