Elk River Wild and Scenic Study Bill Passes the House

Washington – West Virginia’s Elk River came one step closer to permanent protection yesterday, when the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3113, the Upper Elk River Wild and Scenic Study Act.  American Rivers, building on its success with the recent omnibus Wild and Scenic Rivers bill that protected 86 rivers in seven states, is urging… Read more »

Illabot Creek Field Trip

Guest blog by Bonnie Rice, Associate Director of Conservation in our Northwest Regional Office This morning was one of those mornings when I feel very fortunate to be working at American Rivers, protecting more Washington State rivers and streams through Wild and Scenic River designation. Over the past two years, American Rivers has been working… Read more »

American Rivers Wild and Scenic Rivers Work in Montana

  While Montana is home to some of our country’s most beautiful and pristine waters, only two rivers in the state – the Flathead and the lower Missouri – enjoy Wild and Scenic protections. That is why American Rivers is working to protect some of the many other valuable rivers in Montana.  These wild rivers… Read more »

Saving rivers — and having fun while we’re at it

There are scores of reasons to protect and restore rivers:  public health, clean drinking water, our shared responsibility to safeguard our natural heritage… the list goes on and on. The reason on my mind today is recreation. It’s summer – prime time for fishing, boating, and swimming in the great outdoors – and a good… Read more »

Illabot Creek, Washington

Over the past several years, American Rivers has been working with The Nature Conservancy and other partners to ensure that Illabot Creek remains wild and free-flowing forever. In February 2013, a bill to designate 14.3 miles of Illabot Creek (H.R. 829) as a component of the National Wild and Scenic River System was introduced by… Read more »

Alpine Lakes, Washington

Less than an hour’s drive from downtown Seattle, the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River basin is one of King County’s last truly wild places, with old-growth forests, alpine lakes and peaks, whitewater rivers, strong native trout runs, and healthy populations of bear, elk, and cougar. Accessible to a population of over three million people and treasured… Read more »

The Ecological and Recreational Benefit of the Molalla River, Oregon

Read the full report (PDF) Executive Summary The Molalla River is an Oregon natural treasure. This 53-mile river originates in coniferous forests in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and travels downstream through forests and agricultural land before joining the Willamette River. The Molalla is a valuable and necessary feature for local communities in the… Read more »