Celebrating Passage of the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act

This blog is part of our series featuring the rivers protected by Congress in December 2014, including those designated as Wild and Scenic Rivers. Sun River, MT | Mike Fiebig Western Montanans are lucky enough to live amongst truly wild places: valleys created by free-flowing rivers, seas of peaks reaching for the sky, and largely intact habitats that… Read more »

Protect the threatened Rogue, Smith, and Illinois Rivers

Today’s blog is by Kyle Ashby, American Rivers’ Wild Rivers Campaign Coordinator Rogue River | John Bruckman This week, Oregon Senators Wyden and Merkley along with Representatives DeFazio(OR) and Huffman(CA) lead the charge towards protecting the highest concentration of Wild and Scenic Rivers in the contiguous United States. The Smith, Rogue, and Illinois Rivers are… Read more »

House Passes Copper Salmon Wilderness Act

Washington, DC — Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Copper Salmon Wilderness Act introduced by Representative Peter DeFazio that would establish the newest Wild and Scenic Rivers and Wilderness in Oregon. The bill would safeguard wild salmon, old-growth forest by designating new Wild and Scenic Rivers and wilderness in the beautiful Elk River… Read more »

St. Croix again named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC – Rolling back longstanding Wild and Scenic protections on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway would gouge taxpayers, harm the river, and create a harmful precedent for Wild and Scenic rivers nationwide. This risk earned the St. Croix a spot on the annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ – a report issued… 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 »

Helping the River Run Free

For two decades, American Rivers has worked with our partners to remove the nearly 100-year-old, 125-foot Condit dam and restore the White Salmon River. Now, an agreement has been reached to remove the dam later this year. This removal is a big step in allowing the White Salmon River to once again be home to… Read more »

Obama Administration Supports the Illabot Designation

The Obama Administration announced yesterday that it also supports adding Illabot Creek to the Wild and Scenic River System. Representative Rick Larsen and Senator Patty Murray  have recently introduced legislation that would do just that. Illabot Creek, a tributary of the Skagit River, is a special haven for eagles and its protection is also important to… Read more »

Several Rivers Move Closer to Permanent Protection

Yesterday was a big day for rivers as the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved several Wild and Scenic River bills by unanimous consent.  American Rivers has been working with local communities and river groups to develop proposals and advocating on Capitol Hill for several of of these rivers, including the the Molalla River in Oregon and the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River,… Read more »