Great Lakes Region

American Rivers has a long track record of success working to protect and restore rivers in the Great Lakes region. Our effort to reform the operations of hydropower dams has resulted in hundreds of miles of restored rivers. On the Manistee River in northern Michigan, our dam reform efforts revived fisheries, which now bring more than $590,000 a year to local communities.

We are also playing a lead role in the region when it comes to clean water. Our report Catching the Rain identified and promoted best practices for protecting clean water, and other reports identified water quality threats in Michigan and Wisconsin.  We have leveraged our research into community based demonstration projects in Toledo, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Chicago and Milwaukee. With global warming bringing more frequent and intense floods and adding new challenges for clean water, our work to protect the region’s rivers is more important than ever.