Progress report: Elwha River dam removal

One month ago, we kicked off the nation’s biggest dam removal project on Washington’s Elwha River. We’ve been wowed by the progress – watching with the help of Olympic National Park’s web cams — as crews take down these dams bit by bit. Here’s a snapshot of the Elwha Dam demolition so far: Earlier Snapshots… Read more »

Seeing the Elwha Restoration Begin

I just returned from an amazing, inspiring weekend, celebrating the removal of the Elwha River dams.  I wanted to share some of my experiences with you. On Saturday, I was proud to attend the ceremony at Elwha Dam, emceed by actor and American Rivers board member Tom Skerritt.  If you missed the live stream of… Read more »

The Ten Most Endangered Rivers of 2010 – Plus 22 Success Stories!

There are tens of thousands of rivers and streams across our country, and each year only ten make it on to the America’s Most Endangered Rivers list. For 25 years America’s Most Endangered Rivers has been our most highly anticipated report. The 2010 list, released today, spotlights rivers facing a multitude of threats from New… Read more »

Whitewater, Summer, and Salmon

This summer, Seattle Magazine released their “Water Issue”, which included information on the incredible rivers in western Washington that people often enjoy when the sun comes out. Overall, I think the article is a good resource for most people looking to enjoy the area’s whitewater, but there is at least one clear omission on the… Read more »

Two Special Southern Oregon Creeks

Today’s guest blog about the #8 Rough & Ready and Baldface Creeks- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Zachary Collier, owner of the Northwest Rafting Company in Hood River, Oregon.  Zachary is an avid paddler working on a multi-year project to document the wild area in and around the Kalmiopsis… Read more »

Moving Out of Harm’s Way

Arnold, MissouriResidents of Arnold, Missouri located south of Saint Louis, near the confluence received $2 million in disaster relief following the Great Flood of 1993. After that flood the town implemented a voluntary relocation plan that reduced federal assistance to less than $40,000 when floodwaters returned in 1995. Cedar Falls, IowaAfter floods caused six federally-declared… Read more »

Running with a boy: story behind our Northwest Rivers video

Credit: Skip Armstrong Sometimes the best way to experience a river is through a child’s eyes. Our video following eight year old Parker as he runs and splashes along the wild rivers of the Pacific Northwest has gotten more than 375,000 views. People love the video because it reminds them of their own childhood, and… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Projects in Oregon Would Create Jobs Stimulate Economy

Visit www.americanrivers.org/readytogoprojects for project details Visit www.americanrivers.org/greeninfrastructure for information on water infrastructure and economic stimulus Washington, DC — Green infrastructure projects are critical to stimulating the economy, and American Rivers and its partners have identified 15 examples of ready-to-go projects in Oregon worth over $101 million that would not only create jobs and jumpstart the economy,… Read more »

It’s official: Removing Klamath dams is cheapest, most effective option

Nevada City, CA – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today released its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on PacifiCorp’s Klamath hydropower project, concluding: Dam removal would improve water quality, reduce fish disease and increase fall chinook spawning by more than 20,000 fish in the project area alone. Removing all four dams and replacing their generation would… Read more »