Comments to Senate and House Committees on Energy re: 2015 Energy Bills

Along with a coalition of organizations connected through the Hydropower Reform Coalition we signed on to three different letters addressed to chairs of the Senate and House Committees on Energy and other representatives. The first two letters in July addressed our concerns about the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. The third letters in November urged opposition … Read more

Setting Rivers Free: As Dams Are Torn Down, Nature is Quickly Recovering

BENTON FALLS, MAINE — “Look underneath you,” commands Nate Gray, a burly biologist for the state of Maine. He reaches down to the grate floor of a steel cage perched on a dam straddling the Sebasticook River, and pulls back a board revealing the roiling river 30 feet below. “All you see is fish.” Below, undulating in … Read more

Beautiful River, Growing Thirst, Looming Battle Over the Eel River

In the third-largest watershed in California, the Eel River rambles through some of the state’s most stunning landscape. Nothing about the river, with its clusters of redwoods along its sandy banks, hints at the looming battle over its blue-green water. In about three years, though, a federal commission will begin reviewing an application by Pacific Gas … Read more

NOAA Fisheries Announces Funding for Habitat Restoration; Benbow Dam to be Removed

Benbow Dam ($205,500): This project, in partnership with the California Department of Parks and Recreation, will ultimately open more than 100 miles of the South Fork Eel River for fish passage when completed. Removal of the Benbow Dam will benefit threatened populations of coho and Chinook salmon and steelhead. Read the full article here

Watch the Elwha Dam Removal Live on Sept. 17th

Visit American Rivers homepage on Saturday at 11 am pacific, 2 pm eastern time to watch the Elwha River dam removal ceremony. Actor and American Rivers board member Tom Skerritt will participate in the ceremony, along with Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Chairwoman Frances Charles, Governor Chris Gregoire, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and other … Read more