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 »

Biological Contributions of Tributary Streams to the Wild Rogue River

Read the full report (PDF) Executive Summary Tributary streams in the Wild Rogue basin provide critical biological benefits and services to aquatic species and riparian habitats. These streams supply fish habitat for anadromous fish (such as coho salmon and steelhead) which are estimated to be present in approximately 100 stream miles across fourteen tributary streams (BLM,… Read more »

Washington Rivers Eligible for Wild and Scenic Designation

Washington is fortunate to be home to six Wild and Scenic Rivers – the Skagit, Sauk, Cascade, Suiattle, Klickitat, and White Salmon – but there are at least 100 additional rivers across the state that are eligible for Wild and Scenic designation. See a list or view a map of the rivers.  American Rivers is focusing our Wild and Scenic work… Read more »

Obama Administration Supports the Illabot Designation

The Obama Administration announced yesterday that it also supports adding Illabot Creek to the Wild and Scenic River System. Representative Rick Larsen and Senator Patty Murray  have recently introduced legislation that would do just that. Illabot Creek, a tributary of the Skagit River, is a special haven for eagles and its protection is also important to… Read more »

American Rivers applauds Wyden and Merkley for championing the Molalla River

Washington – American Rivers today applauded Oregon Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) for introducing new legislation in the Senate that will protect the Molalla River in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.  The Molalla River Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2009 will protect 21 miles, and approximately 7,000 acres of riverside land, through Wild… 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 Supports Designating Molalla River as Wild and Scenic

Washington – American Rivers and the Molalla River Alliance today applauded Representative Kurt Schrader for introducing new legislation that will protect 22 miles and approximately 7,000 acres of riverside land along the Molalla River in Oregon’s Willamette Valley through Wild and Scenic River designation.   “The Molalla River is known for its awe-inspiring beauty and many… Read more »

Beyond Banning Dams: Wild and Scenic Designations

Read the full report (PDF) INTRODUCTION The movement to protect the nation’s remaining free-flowing rivers was born out of America’s “big dam” era from the 1930s to the 1960s. Concerned at the rapid pace of development of many of the country’s rivers for power, flood control, and irrigation, people across the United States acted to ensure… 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 »