US Army Corps of Engineers
Institute for Water Resources

Sustainable Rivers Program

New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam is shown during the pulse release. When flows in the Savannah exceed 16,000 cubic feet per second, the gates of the structure are raised, which scientists hypothesized would encourage fish passage through the structure.
The Savannah collaboration began when the Conservancy initiated discussions with Savannah District regarding conservation hopes for the river.
The Savannah River Basin Comprehensive
Study, addresses current and future
needs for flood damage reduction, water supply,
fish and wildlife enhancement, drought
control, water quality, recreation, and other related
purposes.
Surry Mountain Dam is a part of a network of flood control dams on tributaries of the Connecticut River. Built in 1941, Surry Mountain Dam is the oldest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood control dam in the Upper Connecticut River Basin, and one of the oldest in New England.
The Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge, currently home to more than 300 species of birds with at least two more species coming in every year and an array of native riparian flora, benefits from water contained and released from Alamo Dam by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District, which entered an innovative partnership with state and federal agencies in the 1990s. Through the innovative partnership, known as the Bill Williams River Corridor Steering Committee, the District helps maintain a state park which hosts thousands of visitors every year and sustain 50 miles of downstream riparian habitat along the Bill Williams River all the way to Lake Havasu.
Barren River Dam is located in Allen County in south central Kentucky. The reservoir has the largest drainage area in the Louisville District (940 square miles) and relatively low maximum seasonal release rates compared to other projects within the district (crop season - 3,200 cfs and non-crop season – 4,000 cfs). (USACE photo by Dan Taylor)

Sustainable Rivers

The Sustainable Rivers Program proactively improves environmental health by changing reservoir operations to benefit natural communities. Modifying operations to include environmental needs with authorized project purposes is an effective way to restore, protect and sustain river habitats.

Healthy environments support healthy economies through increased tourism, recreation and flood protection. These effects benefit the communities near rivers and encourage people to work together towards multiple goals. The Sustainable Rivers Program serves the Nation by pursuing these improvements at sites across the United States.