Good intentions are no excuse for bad ideas

About a third of my morning commute is on a great bike trail that runs from the Maryland suburbs into DC. Yesterday morning, I came up behind a guy who was riding slowly without his hands and weaving all over the trail. When I passed him, I saw the problem: He was talking on his… Read more »

Video: Increased flows give new life to Skokomish River

Exactly one week ago today, more natural flows surged down the North Fork Skokomish River when Tacoma Power released water from its Cushman hydroelectric project. For over 50 years, the company had left just a trickle of water in the river below the dam — this harmed the entire river ecosystem and the well-being and… Read more »

Restored Flows Boost Health of North Fork Skokomish River

Seattle, WA For the first time in 80 years, more natural flows will surge down the North Fork Skokomish River today when Tacoma Power releases water from its Cushman hydroelectric project. The 240 cubic feet per second of increased flows are a crucial step in restoring the river’s health. For approximately 50 years, Tacoma Power… Read more »

Sunset Magazine Feature on Western Rivers

The March 2008 issue of Sunset Magazine includes a story on the West’s rivers, featuring yours truly, and water experts from around the region. It started back in the fall with a western water roundtable at Sunset’s office in California. They recorded the lively conversation and the magazine includes exerpts. The magazine also featured three… Read more »

Watch our New Klamath River Film

We are at a historic moment in the Klamath Basin, where we have a chance to restore the river and help the basin’s farming and fishing communities create a better future. American Rivers and 25 other parties recently announced a proposed agreement to restore salmon runs, revitalize tribal and commercial fishing, and provide security to… Read more »

Corps of Engineers Deflates Proposed Dam on the Susquehanna River

Wilkes-Barre, PA — The Susquehanna River, which was named by American Rivers as the Most Endangered River in America in 2005, will remain free-flowing thanks to the denial of a federal permit to construct an inflatable dam on the river. The Army Corps of Engineers determined that the dam would cause unacceptable impacts to the… Read more »

Extra footage from our Sandy River film

Our film about the restoration of Oregon’s Sandy River, Unexpected Things Come Together on the River, continues to receive great feedback. It was recently shown at the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival in California. When we were shooting this past spring, we got so much great footage that there was no way we could… Read more »

Costly Black Rock Dam is Risky and Unnecessary

Seattle, WA -  A massive new water storage project in the Black Rock Valley east of Yakima would cost $6.7 billion and return only 16 cents on the dollar, according to a draft Environmental Impact Statement released today by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Washington Department of Ecology. The project would pump water… Read more »

Klamath Negotiators Announce Proposed Agreement

For additional information, visit www.AmericanRivers.org/Klamath Nevada City, CA – A sustainable future for the Klamath Basin became a lot closer today, as American Rivers and 25 other parties finalized a proposed Klamath River Basin Restoration Agreement to restore salmon runs, revitalize tribal and commercial fishing and provide security to the basin’s farmers. Participants in the… Read more »

Setting Free a Wild & Scenic River in Bucks County

Pipersville, PA— Communities in the Delaware River Valley will soon have a free flowing river in their own backyards to enjoy. Today, crews will begin removing an outdated and dilapidated dam on Tohickon Creek, home to High Rocks Vista. The dam lies in Ralph Stover State Park; the creek is part of the Wild & Scenic Lower… Read more »