American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 250,000 members, supporters, and volunteers.
Clean, healthy rivers are essential to the health and well-being of each and every one of us. They are the veins and arteries of our country, the lifeblood of our environment. They connect our communities. They are pathways to adventure and discovery.
There are more than 80,000 dams in our country, blocking rivers, damaging fish and wildlife habitat, and degrading clean water. American Rivers removes dams that no longer make sense to restore free- flowing rivers and ecosystem health. Dam removal can also improve public safety and create new opportunities for fishing, paddling and other river recreation. American Rivers has helped communities across the country remove hundreds of dams. From the Penobscot River in Maine to the Elwha and White Salmon rivers in Washington, we have proven that restoring rivers through dam removal has many benefits for people and nature.