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 › Reservoir Emissions › 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   10/10/2023

Practitioner’s Guide to Hydropower Dam Removal

Presentations and trainings   12/14/2023

Removing FERC-regulated hydropower dams: data and decision-making

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

River Renewal: Restoring Rivers Through Hydropower Dam Relicensing


News and updates from American RiversAll news


Progress Report: two years in to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Giddy smiles and stomping feet. We stood next to the Klamath River and watched muddy water rush out from the tunnel under the Iron Gate Dam. The twenty-degree weather couldn’t freeze out the excitement of our group; even as we tried to kick feeling back into our toes, an energy pulsed through us as we […]


Dam Removal on the Klamath: Reflections on How We Got here

By Ann Willis When I first set foot in the Klamath watershed as a scientist back in 2008, dam removal seemed little more than a dream. An official decision had not yet been made by the Department of the Interior about whether dam removal was in the best interest of the Klamath basin, including its […]


Cleaning up after yourself

We all make a mess sometimes.  Maybe it’s filling up the sink with dishes and leaving cups and glasses scattered around the apartment after that party.  Or the school project where your kid scrambled to make that baking soda and vinegar volcano for a science class the morning it was due. Or left a deadbeat […]


The biggest river stories of 2023

Our successes this year are thanks to you — our supporters, partners, allies, and volunteers. As we reflect on the past 12 months of opportunities and incredible wins, we feel pride in what we achieved for your local rivers. We also feel resolve: We must protect nature in order to save ourselves and the beauty […]


Eels downrunning in the fall

The change of seasons means many things for people, plants, and animals. In the Northeast, as autumn daylight shortens the deciduous forest’s spectacular colors emerge. Cooler, wetter autumn weather creates important signals for animals including the American eel, one of 12 migratory species that live in our coastal rivers. We are just beginning to understand […]


Our Power is Rivers

By Kyle Smith There is an ongoing debate in the Pacific Northwest around whether hydropower as a whole is “good” or “bad”. But this conversation misses important detail and nuance. There are thousands of dams blocking rivers across the Northwest. Many dams provide energy, transportation, flood control, and irrigation. But many are causing more harm […]


Vamos Outdoors Project x American Rivers Float the Mighty Skagit River: A Photo Essay

In June 2023, American Rivers teamed up once again with the Vamos Outdoors Project to float the Wild and Scenic Skagit River. Students from Latine, Migrant, Multilingual, and Newcomer families enjoyed a vibrant afternoon on an ecological gem of a river right in their backyards. We gave the students a few waterproof disposable cameras, and this […]


Sedimentation and Dam Removal: Bringing a River Back to Life

One of the primary concerns when planning for dam removal is the impact of sediment transport on water quality, river health, and the communities that depend on healthy rivers.


Removal of Oakland Dam begins, with benefits for public safety, health of Susquehanna River

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy, American Rivers, 412-680-2255 Amy Souers Kober, American Rivers, 503-708-1145   Susquehanna, PA– In a major step forward for public safety and river health, demolition of Oakland Dam on the Susquehanna River begins today. The project is the largest dam removal to date in Pennsylvania. Oakland Dam, a dangerous and obsolete […]


Why?- because river advocacy is cultural preservation

Kayeloni Scott, Communications Director at American Rivers, is a Spokane Tribal member and Nez Perce descendant who grew up in the Pacific Northwest. The question was recently posed: What is your “why”? Why do I do this work? My immediate thought was, it just happened. As I reflected a little more, I do recall when […]