American Rivers stands by Klamath restoration agreements

Nevada City, CA — Responding to news reports today that a single conservation organization is retreating from comprehensive agreements to restore the Klamath River that are supported by two governors, the Obama Administration, three tribes, several counties, dozens of agricultural districts and numerous other conservation groups, American Rivers issued the following statement by Steve Rothert,… Read more »

How Restoring Rivers can Make us More Resilient

Climate change will fundamentally impact our streams and rivers in ways that threaten species, ecosystems, and communities. In the Northwest region, we are already concerned that increased rain and flooding in the winter, coupled with decreasing summer streamflows and smaller mountain snowpacks, will significantly change our rivers’ systems in the coming years and decades.  That… Read more »

Virginia bill threatens to put its citizens and local rivers at risk

Recently, the Virginia Senate passed legislation (SB 276) that strips Virginia Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Dam Safety Office of its ability to order repairs on dams it finds deficient, if that dam has an Emergency Action Plan in place, unless the state has funding to pay for said repairs themselves. This deals a… Read more »

American Rivers and NHA Pleased to Host Workshop on Climate Change and Hydropower

Washington, DC — American Rivers and the National Hydropower Association (NHA) are pleased to host today’s joint workshop, “Climate Change and Hydropower Management: Is Existing Science Useful Yet?” The event features representatives from scientific organizations, conservation groups, industry, academics, and regulators.  Topics include: An Overview of Science and Regional Impacts Models and Approaches Using Climate Projections… Read more »

The EPA Rules against North Carolina’s Detrimental Practice on Rivers

Columbia, SC – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined last week that North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) may not allow land purchase or protection as a substitute for requiring the adequate stream flows needed for healthy rivers.  EPA instructed the state to discontinue using the policies which allowed land for water… Read more »

Klamath Settlement Agreements Finalized

Nevada City, CA – Today, after years of difficult negotiations, the diverse group of dozens of stakeholders released the final Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA). Finalizing the agreement marks a major milestone toward solving the challenges of restoring the Klamath Basin and settling the many disputes concerning water and fisheries resources. The KBRA complements the… Read more »

How Quickly a River Recovers

I last wrote about the Hemlock Dam located on Trout Creek in Washington state in August, when the dam removal was completed by the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, with funding from American Rivers, NOAA, and numerous other partners. Along with the dam removal, the stream channel of Trout Creek was also redesigned and restored at… Read more »