How Quickly a River Recovers

I last wrote about the Hemlock Dam located on Trout Creek in Washington state in August, when the dam removal was completed by the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, with funding from American Rivers, NOAA, and numerous other partners. Along with the dam removal, the stream channel of Trout Creek was also redesigned and restored at… Read more »

Salmon and much more along the Rogue River

Last weekend I hiked down to Rainie Falls on the Wild and Scenic Rogue River to watch salmon make their always impressive upstream migration. Myself, a friend and numerous “fish-watchers” were not disappointed. Hiking down to falls would be a worthwhile endeavor even without the reward of Rainie Falls. The trail, at times rough, yet… Read more »

Sunset Magazine Feature on Western Rivers

The March 2008 issue of Sunset Magazine includes a story on the West’s rivers, featuring yours truly, and water experts from around the region. It started back in the fall with a western water roundtable at Sunset’s office in California. They recorded the lively conversation and the magazine includes exerpts. The magazine also featured three… Read more »

Washington State Preparing for Climate Change

State of Preparedness: Washington In the past few months, a number of states have released plans detailing how they plan to prepare for climate change. I have reviewed efforts by Maryland, Oregon, and Pennsylvania so far. Today we’ll look at Washington’s adaptation planning effort. In Washington state, adaptation planning was divided into four topic areas… Read more »

Year of the River: Dam Removals in the Pacific NW

A guest blog from our Commuications intern Johannes Dreisbach. Elwha dam breach, Elwah River, WA | National Park Service Autumn has been an incredibly exciting time at American Rivers, as it marks the one-year anniversary of the world’s largest dam removal project.  Because of efforts like the historic river restoration initiative in Washington state—which included… Read more »

Elwha River Restoration, WA

Washington’s Elwha River is the site of the biggest dam removal project in history. The river restoration effort, which kicked off in 2011, is surpassing expectations and showing great progress, from fish returning, to native plants reclaiming riverbanks, to sand rebuilding the beach at the river’s mouth. “The Elwha provides the most high-profile proof that… Read more »

Olympic Peninsula, Washington

Royal Creek, Buckhorn Wilderness | © Wild Olympics Campaign Olympic Peninsula is known for its lush rainforests and rivers such as the Hoh, Elwha, Quinault and Duckabush. These and other iconic rivers of the Olympic Peninsula support some of the healthiest populations of salmon and steelhead in the region, and they provide critical habitat for… Read more »

Hiking Up the Biggest Dam Removal in History

Restoring the Elwha | National Park Service Before removal of Elwha Dam began in 2011, I wrote an essay for Wend Magazine about hiking up to the Elwha River’s headwaters. A short excerpt is below. Now the dam removal project is almost complete, and I still feel the same way — grateful to be a… Read more »