Dams are problem creators, not problem solvers

Removal of Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River – August 15, 2014 | NPS What will 3,700 more new dams do that 48,000 existing ones haven’t already done? Invite more problems. According to a new study done by researchers in Europe, the 3,700 new dams under construction or planned for construction around the world… Read more »

California groups blast bill that strips state’s authority to protect rivers

Read the California conservation groups’ letter opposing HR8 Read the State of California’s letter opposing HR8 (Sacramento, CA) – Ten California conservation organizations today joined the State Water Control Board in voicing serious concerns over legislation that puts hydropower dam owners’ profits before clean water protections and the state’s authority. A new amendment by Reps…. Read more »

California FERC Hydropower Dam Relicensing

Beginning in the mid-1800s, hundreds of dams were built on California rivers. Many were first built to use in gold mining, but now most are used for hydropower generation and water supply. In the next decade, the licenses for 150 dams that affect hundreds of miles of streams will expire and the dam owners must… Read more »

Proposed Hydropower Legislation Weakens States’, Tribes’ Power to Protect and Restore Local Rivers

Englebright Dam on the Yuba River | Amit Patel (Washington, DC) American Rivers today urged the House Energy and Commerce Committee to reject proposed legislation that would weaken or eliminate current state and federal resource agency authority over hydropower dams while handing increased responsibility for dam management to an already overworked federal commission. This proposed… Read more »

VIDEO: Improving hydropower dams benefits rivers

Dams hurt rivers. They block a river’s flow and harm water quality, fish and wildlife, and recreational opportunities. In some cases where a dam is outdated, unsafe, or has outlived its usefulness, American Rivers advocates for dam removal. But in many cases, keeping a working hydropower dam in place makes sense. And with some upgrades… Read more »

New hydropower reforms could remove important safeguards

What if the old hydropower dam that is killing fish and drying up your local river could be improved and brought up to modern environmental standards? What if there was a way to get the dam owner to release more water into the river, provide public access to recreate on the river, or help fish… Read more »

7000 Reasons to Remove a Small, Outdated Dam

The Lassiter Mill Dam removal would never have happened without the collaboration between all our project partners | © United States Fish & Wildlife Service This week we took another step in restoring the rivers of North Carolina by removing the Lassiter Mill Dam on the Uwharrie River. This project, which American Rivers has actively supported… Read more »