All Hope is Not Lost for St. Croix

St. Croix, MN, WI | Jim Denham Poor St. Croix River… sigh…  Recent attacks on this river caused it to appear on our 2009 and 2011 lists of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.  In March 2012, President Obama signed a bill that created an exemption to the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in order to build… Read more »

Victory on the Hoback!

Hoback River, WY | Scott Bosse Over the last two years, the Hoback River in western Wyoming has climbed from #7 to #5 in our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® report due to the threat of industrial-scale gas drilling in its headwaters. Today, the Hoback exited the list the right way – by being saved. At… Read more »

Groups Seal Deal to Protect Transboundary Flathead River

North Fork of the Flathead River, MT | Scott Bosse The decades long battle over whether to develop the mineral wealth underlying one of North America’s most wildlife-rich river corridors is finally over. Last week, The Nature Conservancy of Montana and the Nature Conservancy of Canada announced they had raised the $10 million needed to… Read more »

Spawning Salmon Return to the Yakima River

Spawning salmon on the Cle Elum River, WA | American Rivers Last week on the way home from a conference in Ellensburg, Washington put on by the Washington State section of the American Water Resources Association (a great organization the Washingtonians among you might consider joining after you make sure your American Rivers membership is… Read more »

Mining, Rivers, and Volcanoes Don’t Mix

Lewis River Meadow, WA | Susan Saul Mount St. Helens is an American icon. Anyone who lived in the Northwest during the 1980 eruption may remember ash and dust covering nearly every surface imaginable. People who lived in other parts of the country at the time may remember the amazing images of an ancient volcano… Read more »

Celebrating a Special Stream, Montana Style

Blue skies and a light breeze accompanied the aroma of grilling sausages at the inaugural “Celebrate East Rosebud” event held at East Rosebud Lake late last month. While most of the 240 local residents in attendance brought dishes to share – delicious homemade foods piled high on tables in the historic East Rosebud Lake Lodge… Read more »

No Conservation Zone?

Flathead River | © Darcy Nonemacher Many of us have strong connections to rivers that are protected through Wild and Scenic designation. I was lucky to grow up in the Flathead Valley in northwestern Montana, and the forks of the Flathead River hold special memories for me. In fact, last summer I took my family… 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 »

Growing Up On The Wild Skykomish River

Today, Andrea Matzke, a local resident, tells us about growing up on the South Fork Skykomish River.  This guest blog is part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series: Take Action to Protect theSF Skykomish River Please take a minute to email SnoPUD and urge them to abandon the Sunset Falls project! The more I… Read more »

Why Fracking The Grand Is A Bad Idea

Today’s guest blog for our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series discusses concerns over fracking the Grand River from Kathryn Hanratty, with Enviroscapes Landscape Design: Take Action to Protect theGrand River Tell the Ohio legislature to institute strong protective standards for natural gas development! The Grand is an incredibly beautiful and diverse river. Springing from wetland… Read more »