64 Dams to be Removed in 2008

Washington, D.C. — American Rivers today released its list of 64 dams in 14 states that have been removed or are slated for removal in 2008. Thanks to the removal of these outdated dams, communities in California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Wisconsin will enjoy… Read more »

Lawmakers Step Up To Address Dangerous Dams

Washington, D.C.— Millions of Americans are living in the shadow of dangerous dams all across the country, but that may be about to change, thanks to quick action by the House of Representatives to pass the Dam Rehabilitation and Repair Act of 2007 (H.R 3224), sponsored by Representative John T. Salazar (D-CO). The bill, which… Read more »

Kennebec River Reborn 10 Years After Dam Removal

American Rivers * Atlantic Salmon Federation * Natural Resources Council of Maine * Trout Unlimited and its Kennebec Valley Chapter Augusta, ME – State, federal and local officials and conservation leaders gathered on the bank of the Kennebec River today to celebrate one of our nation’s most significant and successful river restoration projects. Ten years ago,… Read more »

A 21st century flood management strategy for New Jersey

(Washington, DC) –  American Rivers voiced support today for efforts to help communities across New Jersey recover from recent floods and released a three point plan to prevent dangerous and damaging floods in the future.  “While we need to focus on clean up and recovery now, we must also take this opportunity to reassess our… Read more »

Briggsville Dam Breached, Removal Underway

Clarksburg, MA – American Rivers is proud to announce the breaching of the 15 foot high and 200 foot long Briggsville Dam in the town of Clarksburg, Massachusetts. American Rivers has contributed vital financial and technical support to this project. Removing the dam will help its owner, Cascade School Supplies, avoid abandoning the facility, laying… Read more »

World’s biggest dam removal begins this week

Seattle, WA — The biggest dam removal project in history begins this Saturday on Washington’s Elwha River. American Rivers, the national leader in restoring rivers through dam removal, applauded the effort which will revitalize salmon runs and deliver significant cultural, economic, and recreation benefits to the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe and surrounding communities. “This is… Read more »

A Visit To Hitchcock Creek Blue Trail

Last week, my colleagues and I met with our partners on the Hitchcock Creek Blue Trail in Rockingham, North Carolina. Until recently, a dam degraded Hitchcock Creek and blocked migrating fish from spawning habitat and prevented the community from safely enjoying their river through boating and fishing. With American Rivers’ help, the community removed this… 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 »

Good intentions are no excuse for bad ideas

About a third of my morning commute is on a great bike trail that runs from the Maryland suburbs into DC. Yesterday morning, I came up behind a guy who was riding slowly without his hands and weaving all over the trail. When I passed him, I saw the problem: He was talking on his… Read more »

Join Our Social Media Push to Protect Conservation Funding Today

The Community-based Restoration Program helps communities restore rivers by removing unsafe dams and opening up habitat for fish. The program has funded more than 2,300 projects that helped the recovery of threatened and endangered species. Plus, it has provided an average of 30 local jobs to communities for every $1 million invested. So it makes… Read more »