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 »

Early Thanksgiving for Crooked River Steelhead

Stearns Dam removal, Crooked River, OR | © Denise Hoffert-Hay Construction to remove the Stearns Dam from the Crooked River in central Oregon kicked off this week when equipment staged along the river’s banks and fill was brought in to create the temporary access road for heavy equipment. The monumental moment that has been over… Read more »

A Tribal Perspective on the Clearwater River

Today’s guest blog about the #10 Clearwater and Lochsa Rivers- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Jaime A. Pinkham (Nez Perce) and a member of the American Rivers Board of Directors. Tell the U.S. Forest Service to protect the special values of these Wild & Scenic rivers by saying NO… Read more »

Forever Grateful for Wild and Scenic Rivers

Middle Fork Snoqualmie River | Wendy McDermott What does it mean to be grateful? To me, it means having the gratitude and appreciation for what positively affects my life. Family and friends certainly top the list, as does the beauty and serenity of our nation’s free-flowing rivers, primeval forests, desert canyons and wilderness areas, all… Read more »

Help Thank Our Wild and Scenic River Champions

Sen. Murray and Congressman Reichert at press event after introducing legislation | Thomas O’Keefe Last November I wrote about what gratitude meant to me and how I would be forever grateful if Congress were to pass legislation for new Wild and Scenic River designations for Washington State. Well…the River Gods must have been listening! In… Read more »

How Grandness Inspires

The Grand Canyon, and so many other expansive landscapes like it, has the power to change a person, simply by being.

Wild and Scenic Rivers Legislation to be Considered on Sunday

Washington, DC — This Sunday Congress has the chance to renew its commitment to protect the nation’s clean water and river heritage by passing S. 22, the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, which includes eight provisions that have important protections for 82 rivers. Only once before in history has Congress protected more rivers at one time under the federal… Read more »

Oregon Treasures Proposal will Protect Clean Water, Rivers

Portland, OR: The drinking water sources and fishing and boating hot spots enjoyed by millions of Oregonians could be permanently protected, thanks to a proposal announced today by Congressmen Peter DeFazio and Earl Blumenauer. The “Oregon Treasures” legislation would forever safeguard rivers and streams on Mount Hood and in the Rogue River basin with Wild… Read more »

U.S. House Passes Bill to Protect Molalla River as a Wild and Scenic River

Washington – Today, in a 291-133 bipartisan vote, the House of Representatives approved legislation to designate the Molalla River as a federal Wild and Scenic River.  American Rivers and the Molalla River Alliance applauded Representative Kurt Schrader, (D- OR- 5th), for sponsoring the legislation that will protect 22 miles and 7,000 acres of riverside land… 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 »