American Rivers Names America’s Most Endangered Rivers(TM) of 2011

Washington, DC – With floodwaters swelling the Mississippi River to historic levels and rivers nationwide at risk from gas drilling, sewage pollution, and other threats, American Rivers today released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™. For the second year in a row, the most endangered river in the United States is a victim… Read more »

Happy Birthday Wild and Scenic Rivers!

Happy Birthday to America’s Best Rivers! October 2nd marks the 40th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act which thankfully makes this great law older than I am. The passage of the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968 established one of our nation’s strongest conservation tools for rivers. A year earlier in… Read more »

The Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act

A couple of weeksago, the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act passed the full house with bi-partisan support.  The bill was co-sponsored by Cathy McMorris-Rogers (WA,R) and Diana DeGette (CO, D)  Quite an accomplishment in the current political climate!  The Bill does several things, here are some highlights: It raises the generation threshold from 5 megawatts to… Read more »

Summer music tour with The Infamous Stringdusters

Join American Rivers and the Infamous Stringdusters on tour! Rivers and music go great together, which is why we’re excited to announce that American Rivers and The Infamous Stringdusters are teaming up for a 2013 American Rivers tour! We’re grateful to partner with the Grammy-nominated ‘Dusters to raise awareness about the need to protect and… Read more »

World premiere of WAYPOINTS to benefit American Rivers

This is a guest blog by Jim Klug, co-owner and founder of Confluence Films Check out the world premiere of WAYPOINTS to see more awesome fish like this monster steelhead from Alaska | © Jim Klug We’re very excited for the world premiere of the newest Confluence Films fly fishing epic, WAYPOINTS, which will be… Read more »

Major oil pipeline spill fouls Montana’s Yellowstone River

Yellowstone River | Photo: Robert Hawkins BOZEMAN – For the second time in four years, an oil pipeline has spilled tens of thousands of gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana, contaminating water supplies for local residents and harming valuable fish and wildlife habitat on the longest free-flowing river in the lower… Read more »

Kootenai River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named the transboundary Kootenai River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2013 today due to the threat that five open-pit coal mines along one of its major tributaries pose to water quality, native fish and wildlife, and world-class recreation. American Rivers and its partners are calling on the U.S. State Department… Read more »

Hoback named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

JACKSON, WY –Proposed industrial scale natural gas drilling is threatening the Hoback River – known for its spectacular setting, thriving native cutthroat trout fishery, and wild character.  This risk earned the Hoback the #7 spot on the annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™– a report issued by the conservation group American Rivers.  The Hoback… Read more »

How Long Will Mt. Hood’s Rivers Have to Wait?

For all of us who have waited to see Wild and Scenic protections finally provided to some of Mount Hood’s wildest rivers, well, this week’s vote in the House of Representatives means we will just have to wait a little bit longer. The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 would have safeguarded over 1,100… Read more »

The Many Ways Wild and Scenic Designations Help our Rivers

So what exactly do Wild and Scenic River Designations do?  Sure, they prevent  harmful water projects, such as dams, but do they do anything else? To help clarify the many things a Wild and Scenic designation can do, the American Rivers Northwest staff put together a new series of case studies: “Beyond Banning Dams: Benefits… Read more »