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 »

Our Latest Wild and Scenic River on its Way to Passage!

Great news from the nation’s capitol. Late on Wednesday the U.S. Senate voted 91-4 for Wild and Scenic River protection for the Eightmile River in Connecticut as a part of a larger public lands bill. We are confident that the U.S. House will also pass this bill and it will be signed into law by… Read more »

Laurel Hill Creek among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington— Laurel Hill Creek, a key stream in the Youghiogheny watershed and a source of clean drinking water could soon have its unique character destroyed by excessive water withdrawals. This threat landed Laurel Hill Creek in the number seven spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers: 2009 edition. “Sucking too much water out of Laurel Hill… Read more »