The mission of American Rivers is to protect wild rivers, restore damaged rivers and conserve clean water for people and nature.

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Resources from American RiversAll resources

Court cases   7/6/2018

American Rivers v. FERC (III)

Case Studies › Collections › Reports   12/1/1999

Dam Removal Success Stories

Comments & Filings › Laws, court cases, and filings   7/2/2021

Felt Dam Draft License Application Comment

Case Studies › Reports   3/22/2022

Free Rivers: The State of Dam Removal in the U.S.

Tribal Resources › Videos   12/17/2020

Guardians of the River

Videos   1/1/2013

Hydropower Reform Can Save Rivers

Videos   1/1/2007

Marmot Dam Removal

Comments & Filings › Laws, court cases, and filings › Sample pleadings   8/16/2021

Motion to Intervene & Comments on Draft Supplemental EIS on the Coosa Project

Comments & Filings › Laws, court cases, and filings   4/23/2021

Office of Public Participation Comment

Case Studies › Hydro guides › Tools and guides   5/1/1996

River Renewal: Restoring Rivers Through Hydropower Dam Relicensing

Hydro guides › Recommended reading   1/1/1989

Rivers at Risk: The Concerned Citizen’s Guide to Hydropower

Videos   1/1/2012

Save the Skykomish River

Recommended reading › Tribal Resources   4/14/2020

The Sacred River (The Source, Spring 2020)

Videos   9/2/2011

Year of the River


News and updates from American RiversAll news


The Fate of a Dam in Cherokee

Joey Owle’s quest to remove a dam, secure the future of native species, and restore Long Man The cicadas drone as Joey and I chat over coffees on a gorgeous late-summer morning along the Oconaluftee River in Cherokee, North Carolina. A few leaves on the trees are starting to turn yellow and spiral their way […]


Key Takeaways from the Omnibus Spending Package: What’s in it for rivers?

In the remaining days of 2022, we’re happy to share some important wins for rivers – including funding for critical clean water and river restoration programs, as well as new Wild and Scenic River designations. While there’s much to be thankful for, the bill still has a number of shortcomings. In this blog, we break […]


Effort to Restore North Carolina’s Oconaluftee River Advances

Contact: Molly Phillips, Mainspring Conservation Trust, 828.524.2711 or Chuck Ahlrichs, Northbrook Carolina Hydro II, LLC 480.551.1221 or Erin McCombs, American Rivers, 828.649.7887 or Joey Owle, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, 828.359.6260 or A regionally and nationally significant river restoration project is moving forward on the Oconaluftee River, where a coalition of […]


Sound Rivers: Keepers of the Neuse River

Progress is the reason American Rivers named the Neuse River its 2022 River of the Year — progress since the passage of the Clean Water Act 50 years ago and progress that is yet to come. None of it could be accomplished without the dedication and determination of the communities along the Neuse’s banks. Leading […]


Five key lessons as world’s biggest dam removal project will soon begin on the Klamath River

After more than 100 years of being dammed, the lower Klamath River will flow free once again. To be able to make that statement, it has taken decades of advocacy by Tribes who depend on a living Klamath River for their cultural identity and for their food security. It has also taken years of effort […]


The mighty Mississippi running dry: what you need to know

Water levels in the Mississippi River hit record lows in the past month. The drought is impacting shipping along the river, along with business and tourism in river communities.


A blueprint for clean water everywhere, for everyone

While the national discourse is focused on issues that divide us as a country, clean water is one of the values that should unite us. No matter who you are or where you are from, we all need clean, safe water for drinking, for growing the food we eat, and for nurturing a healthy environment. […]


How would you feel if the Grand Canyon ran dry?

The situation on the Colorado River continues to get worse. For months, there has been abundant news about falling lake levels (Lake Powell is below 25% full, and Lake Mead is hovering below 30% full) and while some areas of the west had a terrific monsoon, other areas were left high and dry. Now consider […]


Supreme Court case puts your clean water at risk

Today, the Supreme Court is considering a case that has the potential to remove Clean Water Act protections for over half our wetlands and streams, putting the drinking water for one in three Americans at risk. The case, Sackett v. EPA, is backed by polluters who want to weaken the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to […]


“That’s a lot of water…”

It was a lot of water. More water than I’m used to seeing rushing towards the canyon section of Northwest Washington state’s North Fork Nooksack River. A few stomachs flipped as we peered over the bridge at the thousands of cubic feet of water blowing right past us, but the excitement of rafting those giant […]