President Obama Signs Historic Wild and Scenic River Bill into Law

Washington, DC – American Rivers applauded President Barack Obama today for signing into the law the second largest Wild and Scenic Rivers package in history. The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 designates 86 new Wild and Scenic Rivers, totaling over 1,100 miles in Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Wyoming, Utah, California, and Massachusetts. The legislation… Read more »

Good Day for Wild and Scenic Rivers

Today is an historic day for Washington State. After years of discussions and negotiations, U.S. Representative Norm Dicks and U.S. Senator Patty Murray introduced the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2012. If passed into law, the bill would secure permanent protections for an estimated 464 miles of rivers through Wild… Read more »

Most Endangered Rivers Launch Takes Off

Yesterday, American Rivers had a tremendous release of our list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2011.  The stories are rolling in, and we are very excited about the interest that has been shown in this year’s rivers.  I wanted to share with you a few of the exciting moments that we have seen so… Read more »

River Policy Update: March Wrap-Up

Locals Advocate for Wild and Scenic RiversIn March, Congress heard from people who support Wild and Scenic River designations for their favorite rivers. During a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on a bill that would designate the Molalla River as a National Wild and Scenic River, Michael Moody, President of the Molalla River Alliance testified… Read more »

Today is a Day to Celebrate

Today is a day to celebrate. Simply put, Congress today passed the most comprehensive river protection and public lands bill in decades. The bill includes over 1,100 miles of 86 new Wild and Scenic Rivers in eight states and also designates over 2 million acres of new wilderness.  To give you a sense of scale,… Read more »

Communities Evaluate Wild and Scenic as Tool to Protect the Crystal River

Crystal River, CO | Delia Malone A couple of months ago communities along the Crystal River in Colorado gathered in Redstone, CO and Carbondale, CO to discuss the appropriateness of a Wild Scenic Designation to protect the river from new dam and trans-basin diversion projects.  Four panelists with experience working to designate Wild and Scenic… 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 »

Summer on the River: Going Barefoot

Enjoying the river barefoot | © Amy Kober We spent this past weekend on Oregon’s North Umpqua River, and my three year old kept taking off his sneakers. He did it whenever we left the trail, crossed through the sword ferns and trees, and got on to the cobble beach. I’d make sure to corral… Read more »