California Rivers Near Wild and Scenic Protection

Washington, DC — Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to protect 31 miles of California’s rivers as federal Wild and Scenic Rivers and 190,000 acres of wilderness.  The California Desert and Mountain Heritage Act (H.R. 3682), sponsored by Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) designates the following four rivers as Wild and Scenic: Bautista… Read more »

Rep. DeFazio and Sen. Wyden Introduce New Legislation to Protect the Rogue

Portland, OR – American Rivers today applauded Representative Peter DeFazio and Senator Wyden for introducing legislation that would designate 40 Rogue River tributaries as Wild and Scenic Rivers.  The legislation, known as H.R. 2890/S. 1271, would protect 143 river miles and over 78,000 acres of riverside land. The Wild Rogue is among the nation’s most… Read more »

American Rivers and National Park Service Launch “River Stories”

Washington, DC – American Rivers and the National Park Service have teamed up to create “River Stories,” an innovative, web-based storytelling format that aims to engage people in understanding, enjoying, and conserving their waterways. Using the National Geographic Maps groundbreaking GeoStories platform, River Stories combines maps, photos, and video to take viewers on virtual tours… Read more »

A Love For The Hoback

Today’s guest blog for our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series is a story of love for the Hoback River from Dan Smitherman, with Citizens for the Wyoming Range: Take Action to Protect theHoback River Send a letter to Plains Exploration and Production today asking them to donate or sell their gas leases to a conservation… Read more »

Happy Birthday Wild and Scenic Rivers!

Happy Birthday to America’s Best Rivers! October 2nd marks the 40th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act which thankfully makes this great law older than I am. The passage of the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968 established one of our nation’s strongest conservation tools for rivers. A year earlier in… Read more »

Nominate Your Endangered River for 2012

Every year, American Rivers generates a list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers.  Ten rivers are selected each year for inclusion in our list, not because they are the most polluted, but rather because they are facing a turning point in the coming year that could negatively impact the river into the future.  Rivers are selected… Read more »

Save the Wild Rogue

This week former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and former Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury sounded an urgent call to action to protect Oregon’s Rogue River.  Their opinion editorial ran in the Oregonian. In 1968, the Rogue was one of the first Wild and Scenic Rivers in the nation, but this iconic river and its… Read more »

Whitewater, Summer, and Salmon

This summer, Seattle Magazine released their “Water Issue”, which included information on the incredible rivers in western Washington that people often enjoy when the sun comes out. Overall, I think the article is a good resource for most people looking to enjoy the area’s whitewater, but there is at least one clear omission on the… Read more »

American Rivers Opposes Raising Shasta Dam

Shasta Dam, Sacramento River, CA | Bureau of Reclamation The Bureau of Reclamation has studied the feasibility of raising its 602 ft high Shasta Dam on the Sacramento River to increase the dam’s storage capacity. For several reasons including the two we outline here, American Rivers opposes the raising of Shasta Dam as proposed. First,… Read more »

Mt. Hood Rivers, Oregon

Oregon enjoys a reputation for some of the greatest river ecosystems and river recreation in the country.  Many of these rivers are currently protected under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act—the Rogue, Umpqua, Deschutes, Sandy and Clackamas Rivers.    The “outstandingly remarkable” rivers of Mount   Hood provide clean drinking water and offer fantastic river recreation… Read more »