Ward Mill P-9842

Ward’s Mill Dam on the Watauga River in NC was removed in 2021 after the owners chose not to renew the license for power generation and removed the dam with the assistance of three nonprofits; American Rivers, Mountain True and Blue Ridge RC&D. The dam, constructed by the owner’s father in 1964 to replace a wood dam in the same location, was used to power a sawmill, a grain mill and, ultimately, to provide power. By the time the last license expired in 2016, it was clear that the previous functions of the dam were no longer viable. The owners wanted the dam removed to restore the river, allowing the free flowing river to provide improved habitat to wildlife and safer recreation.

Harvell Dam P-8657

  Harvell Dam was removed in June 2014 as part of a broad effort to restore fish passage in Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay. Removal of the dam has provided species of migratory fish with unimpeded access to the Appomattox River, restored a section of the river...

Great Works Hydro P-2312

Through the removal of the Great Works (2012) and Veazie (2013) dams, along with installation of a fish bypass at Howland Dam (2016) on the Penobscot River in Maine, Atlantic salmon and other sea-run fish now have access to nearly 2,000 miles of spawning and rearing habitat. The Penobscot River Restoration Project has allowed the river to return to a more natural state and renewed the sense of pride in communities who use the river.

Elwha Hydroelectric Project P-2683

The Elwha River is unique among rivers of the Olympic Peninsula with a watershed that represents approximately 20% of Olympic National Park and headwaters reaching to the very center of the Olympic Mountains. These mountains were formed by the domal uplift of marine...

Glines Canyon Dam P-588

The Elwha River is unique among rivers of the Olympic Peninsula with a watershed that represents approximately 20% of Olympic National Park and headwaters reaching to the very center of the Olympic Mountains. These mountains were formed by the domal uplift of marine...