Read Me A River

One of the best things about winter is getting to curl up with a good book. So how about a good river read with your favorite kid…  Here are some recommendations from some of our staff: For starters, there’s “Trout, Trout, Trout (a fish chant)” written by April Pulley Sayre that highlights freshwater fish in the… Read more »

The Many Ways Wild and Scenic Designations Help our Rivers

So what exactly do Wild and Scenic River Designations do?  Sure, they prevent  harmful water projects, such as dams, but do they do anything else? To help clarify the many things a Wild and Scenic designation can do, the American Rivers Northwest staff put together a new series of case studies: “Beyond Banning Dams: Benefits… Read more »

Battles Continue on the St. Croix River

St. Croix, MN, WI | Jenni Ripley Supporters of the Wild and Scenic St. Croix River in Minnesota are fighting another battle — this time against a gravel mine.  A corporation is proposing to operate a gravel mine on the site of a dormant, unreclaimed gravel mine (known as the Zavoral Site).  It is located… Read more »

Reconnecting with Your Favorite Places

Fireworks at the nation’s capitol | © M.V. Jantzen Fourth of July – barbeques, fireworks, sunscreen, and being outdoors. What could make for a better holiday weekend? The Fourth is a time where we as Americans reconnect to things and people that are important to us – our families, friends, the outdoors, maybe your favorite… Read more »

American Rivers Statement on HR 3492, The River Paddling Protection Act

American Rivers opposes H.R. 3492, the River Paddling Protection Act. This bill, as amended, would lift the National Park Service’s longstanding ban on paddling on most waters in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, effective three years from the date of enactment. The Park Service would have those three years to develop a new set of… Read more »

A Wild and Scenic Adventure on the South Fork of the Flathead River

Kascie Herron fishing on the South Fork Flathead River, MT When required to carry 50+ pounds in a backpack for more than 20 miles, it really makes one reevaluate the contents of the pack that were previously considered “crucial.” At least this is what was going through my head as I joined 11 other friends… Read more »

Congress passes wild & scenic legislation

In a rare stroke of bi-partisanship the U.S. Senate today passed the most significant piece of legislation to protect new Wild and Scenic Rivers in over five years.  With the Senate passing legislation identical to a bill passed by the U.S House last week Congress can agree on something—river protections are good public policy when… Read more »

Investing in a Drought Resilient Future

Last Thursday Governor Brown announced a farsighted $1 Billion dollar drought relief plan for California, but the $660 million allocated for flood management had many observers scratching their heads. The Governor is absolutely right to be thinking ahead about flood: The epic ten-year Australian drought ended with the two biggest flood years on record. Below is… Read more »

Omnibus Public Lands Package meets Opposition in the House

Washington, DC – The House of Representatives rejected legislation today that would have included the second largest Wild and Scenic package in history. The House voted on S. 22, the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, under a suspension of the rules. Unfortunately, the bill was defeated 282-144, just two votes shy of the… Read more »