Ask the Secretary of Interior to Protect the Chetco River

Chetco, OR | Northwest Rafting Company Protect the Chetco River from mining » The Wild and Scenic Chetco River is renowned for its world-class salmon and steelhead runs, and crystal clear water.  However, it is still vulnerable to mining thanks to the General Mining Law of 1872 – which gives mining precedence over all other… Read more »

American Rivers Opposes Raising Shasta Dam

Shasta Dam, Sacramento River, CA | Bureau of Reclamation The Bureau of Reclamation has studied the feasibility of raising its 602 ft high Shasta Dam on the Sacramento River to increase the dam’s storage capacity. For several reasons including the two we outline here, American Rivers opposes the raising of Shasta Dam as proposed. First,… Read more »

Governor Inslee Proclaims Strong Support For The Yakima Integrated Plan

Yakima River, WA | Michael Garrity Last Thursday, new Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee appeared before a photo of the Yakima River at his weekly press conference to announce his first legislative action:  Introducing a bill to the state legislature (HB 1414) calling for state funding and implementation of the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan in… 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 »

It’s official – You saved the Hoback!

Hoback River, WY | Scott Bosse Three months ago, we announced a tentative deal to spare western Wyoming’s Hoback River from industrial scale gas drilling – if we could raise $8.75 million to buy out a Texas energy company’s oil and gas leases by the end of the year. It was an awfully steep mountain… Read more »

Oil and Gas Development Banned In Skeena River’s Sacred Headwaters

Skeena River, BC, Canada | Brian Huntington In a huge victory for our partners to the north, oil and gas development in the headwaters of the pristine Skeena River in northwestern British Columbia has been permanently banned by the regional government.  As a part of the deal struck today, Shell Oil will receive $20 million… Read more »

Battles Continue on the St. Croix River

St. Croix, MN, WI | Jenni Ripley Supporters of the Wild and Scenic St. Croix River in Minnesota are fighting another battle — this time against a gravel mine.  A corporation is proposing to operate a gravel mine on the site of a dormant, unreclaimed gravel mine (known as the Zavoral Site).  It is located… Read more »

Five Things My Three Year Old Reminded Me About Rivers

August fishing on North Umpqua River, OR | Amy Kober Our family spends a lot of time on Oregon’s North Umpqua River. My husband John fishes there. It was the first river we visited with our son, when he was only three weeks old. And now that August is three years old, we love to… Read more »

A Power Struggle on the Delaware

Delaware River, DE, NJ, NY, PA | Nicholas Tonelli In 2007, American Rivers highlighted the Upper Delaware River on our list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® [PDF] because it was threatened by a massive power line through the Wild and Scenic River.   Then again in 2010, the Upper Delaware appeared at the top of the… Read more »