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 »

Sacramento-San Joaquin named America’s Most Endangered River

Washington— The Sacramento-San Joaquin River System, the largest watershed in California, is on the verge of collapse, threatening the water supply for 25 million people, placing the capital of the nation’s most populous state at high risk of flooding, and damaging a once productive and healthy ecosystem. This threat landed the Sacramento-San Joaquin in the… Read more »

Beaver Creek among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington— An oil and gas development scheme on Wild and Scenic Beaver Creek, a Yukon River tributary, threatens clean water, wild salmon, recreation, Alaska Native culture, and one of the nation’s last truly wild rivers. This threat landed Beaver Creek in the number eight spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers: 2009 edition. “Instead of handing… Read more »

North Fork Flathead River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington— Montana’s Wild and Scenic North Fork of the Flathead River may soon lose its unique wild character thanks to a mountaintop removal mine and a coal bed methane project just over the border in Canada  It’s no wonder the river landed in the number five spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers: 2009 edition. “Harmful… 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 »

Lower St. Croix River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington— The Wild and Scenic Lower St. Croix River, a hotspot for anglers and boaters and a rare natural retreat from urban life, could have its character destroyed if poorly planned development along the river continues. This threat landed the Lower St. Croix in the number ten spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers: 2009 edition…. Read more »