River Restoration

A small dam located in a rural location.

Largest Dam Removal in U.S. History Clears Final Regulatory Hurdle

Four dams are coming down along the Klamath River. The final decision to remove the dams is a milestone political and legal victory for indigenous tribes living in Southern Oregon and Northern California.

November 20, 2022 - High Country News

Aerial view of New Orleans port with cranes and barges and skyline in background

Proposed Legislation Sounds Alarm on Mississippi River Drought

Without concerted restoration efforts, the river’s historically low levels could dramatically impact shipping activities and economic development throughout the region.

November 15, 2022 - American Rivers

Rendering of kayakers on river and people sitting on riverbank in new park

‘Climate-Adaptive’ Park Planned for Ohio River Shoreline

The project aims to slow erosion along the riverbank and restore the formerly industrial area to a more natural state.

July 24, 2022 - Governing

A cable-stayed bridge designed spans the water of the Los Angeles River, which is placid and dotted with rocks.

A New Master Plan for the Los Angeles River

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted to approved a new master plan for the L.A. River—the “Reimagined River.”

June 22, 2022 - Ethnic Media Services

The Kern River passes through a steep river canyon filled with jagged rocks and surrounded by hills of golden grass.

Bringing the Kern River Back to Bakersfield

Bring Back the Kern is working to restore recreational flows to the Kern River in Bakersfield (cue Merle Haggard).

December 13, 2021 - Los Angeles Times

Water rushes over a spillway at a large concrete dam.

Congressional Bills Could Hit Refresh on U.S. Dams

The 21st Century Dams Act, a proposal to remove four dams on the lower Snake River, and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act all have a chance to redefine the country's approach to dams and watersheds.

August 25, 2021 - American Rivers

Los Angeles River

A Comment for the L.A. River Master Plan

Five themes proposed to achieve justice and sustainability for the Los Angeles River and its surrounding communities.

May 3, 2021 - Richard Dion

Idaho

2021 Most Endangered Rivers List Highlights Environmental Justice

The annual list of endangered rivers created by American Rivers has always documented pollution and other threats like dam construction, but this year, the confluence of water and systemic racism warrants extra attention.

April 19, 2021 - American Rivers

Cheonggyecheon Daylighting

Lessons in Equitable Urban River Restoration

As more cities "daylight" the rivers and waterways formerly interred underground to culverts and stormdrains, a process for ensuring community leadership and equitable outcomes is also coming to light.

March 6, 2020 - Nonprofit Quarterly

Charles River

Urban Rivers Everywhere Follow the Cuyahoga's Lead

On the 50th anniversary of the Cuyahoga River catching fire in Cleveland, it's a good time for urban river keepers everywhere to reevaluate their work and redouble their efforts to make safe and healthy rivers for everyone.

July 10, 2019 - The Boston Globe

Kennebec River

20 Years of Dam Removal Projects

Dam removal has its benefits, according to the example set by a particularly historic dam removal in the United States, which took place on July 1, 1999.

July 2, 2019 - American Rivers

irishtown bend

Paddling the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, 50 Years After in Burned

One of the great environmental success stories in the nation, manifested by the joy of paddling a river.

June 26, 2019 - Cleveland.com

Los Angeles River

Revealed: Three Park Design Proposals for Key L.A. River Parcel

Three design proposals have been unveiled for the Taylor Yards parcel along the L.A. River.

June 5, 2019 - Urbanize LA

Washington State

A Surprising Place for Climate Relocation: Washington State

The city of Hamilton in Skagit County, Washington showcases another kind of community at risk from the effects of climate change and considering relocation to higher ground.

May 14, 2019 - The Seattle Times

ARIZONA RESERVOIR

Design Competition Tasked With Finding New Development Life for Dry Phoenix Riverbed

The passing of Senator John McCain has reinvigorated the Rio Reimagined project.

September 16, 2018 - Arizona Republic

Coast Stream

Stream Restoration Projects More Likely in Whiter, Wealthier Areas

Stream restoration projects along the Central Coast of California tend to reinforce class and racial distinctions, just like so many other matters of environmental justice.

April 11, 2018 - UC Santa Cruz

Green River

Green River Dam Removal Reverses a Century of Infrastructure History in Kentucky

A century-old dam on the Green River failed in November. Now it will be removed in March.

March 23, 2017 - Courier-Journal

Portland

$1.1 Billion Superfund Clean Up Approved for Portland Harbor

With the price of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site already ballooning, critics of the plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site expect the project to cost even more than currently estimated.

January 9, 2017 - OPB

Los Angeles River

Reality Check: The Los Angeles River Can Still Flood

Sometimes it seems like it will never rain again in Los Angeles, but the river running through the city is still a significant flood risk.

October 21, 2016 - Los Angeles Times

Chicago River

A Bold Plan to Swim in Chicago's Rivers by 2030

Chicago Mayor Rah Emanuel and the Metropolitan Planning Council announced the "Our Great Rivers" plan this week.

August 19, 2016 - Chicago Tribune

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