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Organizations Campaigning for River Restoration

River Revival seeks to promote and support the work of the grassroots activists and non-governmental organizations engaged in dam decommissioning and river restoration activities. Follow the links to learn what’s going on in your area! And if you know of a group that is not listed here but should be, please let us know by sending an e-mail to River Revival.

Organizations are listed alphabetically below, by region and scope as follows:

  • US Watershed-Specific and Regional Organizations
  • US National Organizations
  • International Organizations

Click on an organization for their contact information and a brief description of their decommissioning and/or restoration work.


California Trout (CalTrout) (CALIFORNIA)
Supports removal of Rindge Dam in Southern California.

Center for Biological Diversity (ARIZONA)
Seeking decommissioning of Irving and Childs Dams.

Central Cascades Alliance (OREGON / WASHINGTON STATE)
Supports decommissioning Condit Dam in neighboring Washington State.

Coastal Conservation Association of Maine (MAINE)
Works to remove dams in the Presumscot River Basin.

Columbia and Snake Rivers Campaign (WASHINGTON STATE)
Seeking partial removal of lower Snake River dams and lowering John Day Dam reservoir.

Ed Henke Historical Research (OREGON / CALIFORNIA)
Seeking removal of Matilija Dam in Southern California.

Facilitators Improving Salmonid Habitat (MAINE)
Buying and removing dams in Maine.

Florida Defenders of the Environment (FLORIDA)
Seeking removal of Rodman Dam.

Friends of the Earth (WASHINGTON STATE)
Supporting removal of Elwha and Glines Canyon Dams.

Friends of the Eel River (CALIFORNIA)
Seeking decommissioning of Potter Valley Hydroelectric Project in Northern California.

Friends of the Rappahannock (VIRGINIA)
Supporting removal of the Embrey Dam.

Friends of the River (CALIFORNIA)
Seeking removal or decommissioning of several dams in California.

Glen Canyon Action Network (UTAH)
Building a people's movement to decommission Glen Canyon Dam and restore the Colorado River.

Glen Canyon Institute (UTAH / ARIZONA)
Seeking draining of reservoir behind Glen Canyon Dam.

Greater Potstown Watershed Alliance (PENNSYLVANIA)
Successfully won removal of an abandoned dam on Manatawny Creek.

Hells Canyon Preservation Council (OREGON / IDAHO)
Advocating decommissioning of 3 dams along the Idaho-Oregon border.

Hofmann Dam River Rats (ILLINOIS)
Working to remove Hofmann Dam on the DesPlaines River in Illinois.

Idaho Rivers United (IDAHO / WASHINGTON STATE)
Supporting breaching the lower Snake River Dams in Washington State.

Matilija Coalition (CALIFORNIA)
Working to restore the Ventura River through dam removal.

Michigan Hydro Relicensing Coalition (MICHIGAN)
Works to restore rivers and decommission dams in Michigan and surrounding states.

Natural Resources Council of Maine (MAINE)
Supports decommissioning projects throughout Maine.

New York Rivers United (NEW YORK)
Working to restore rivers and decommission dams in New York.

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe (NEVADA)
Seeking removal of 3 dams on the lower Truckee River.

Restore Hetch Hetchy (CALIFORNIA)
Seeking restoration of Hetch Hetchy Valley by removing O'Shaughnessy Dam.

River Alliance of Wisconsin (WISCONSIN)
Seeking removal of numerous dams in Wisconsin.

Sierra Club Colorado River Task Force (COLORADO)
Supporting decommissioning of 2 dams on the Colorado River.

South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) (CALIFORNIA)
Seeking to restore the Yuba River watershed in Northern California.

Trout Unlimited Naugatuck Chapter (CONNECTICUT)
Working to remove 11 dams in the Naugatuck River Basin.

Vermont Natural Resources Council (VERMONT)
Working to remove Peterson Dam.

WaterWatch of Oregon (OREGON)
Working to decommission Savage Rapids and Elk Creek Dams.


American Rivers (WASHINGTON DC)
Supports removal across the US of dams that don't make sense.

Taxpayers for Common Sense (WASHINGTON DC)
Supports dam decommissioning on the lower Snake River.

Trout Unlimited (VIRGINIA)
Supports a growing number of dam decommissioning projects across the US.


Assembly of the Poor (THAILAND)
Considering decommissioning as one way to support dam-affected populations.

European Rivers Network (FRANCE)
Works to restore rivers in Europe (foci: Loire, Elbe). Has removed dams in France.

International Rivers Network - River Revival Project (USA)
Supports grassroots efforts to decommission dams and restore rivers around the world.

"Let's Help the River" Movement (RUSSIA)
Considering decommissioning as one way to protect/restore the Volga River.

Narmada Bachao Andolan (INDIA)
Considering dam reoperation/decommissioning to fight dams in Narmada Valley.

Outdoor Recreation Council of British Columbia (CANADA)
Supports decommissioning Theodosia River dam.

Pedder 2000 (AUSTRALIA)
Works to drain and restore Tasmania's Lake Pedder.

River Recovery (CANADA)
Dedicated to promoting the restoration of the rivers of British Columbia through dam decommissioning.

Zeleni Svit (UKRAINE)
Considering decommissioning as one way to protect/restore the Dnieper and Bug rivers.

 Additional Information

For further information, please contact:

Elizabeth Brink
E-mail: riverrevival@irn.org
Phone: +510.848.1155