Major Step Forward for Yakima Basin Water Supply and River Restoration Plan

Upper Cle Elum sockeye salmon | William Meyer, WDFW SEATTLE – A groundbreaking plan to address water supply and river restoration in the Pacific Northwest got a major boost today with the introduction of legislation to help ensure reliable water supplies for fish, farms, and families. The legislation will support efforts to make droughts like… Read more »

Major victory for Columbia-Snake River salmon

Lower Monumental Lock and Dam on the Snake River, WA | USACE Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Michael Simon ruled that the 2014 Biological Opinion issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service did not adequately consider the impacts of continued dam operations on threatened and endangered salmon as required by the Endangered Species Act. In particular, the… Read more »

New Report Highlights Economic Benefits of Wild and Scenic Rogue River

Read the report (PDF) Portland, OR — River-based recreation on the Wild and Scenic Rogue River in 2007 generated $9.8 million in direct spending, and $14 million in total economic output, according to a report by ECONorthwest. The report, commissioned by the Save the Wild Rogue Campaign, analyzed the economic impacts that recreation-related spending (including rafting,… Read more »

Conservancy, American Rivers Support Designating Illabot Creek as Wild and Scenic

Seattle, WA — The Nature Conservancy and American Rivers today applauded Representative Rick Larsen and Senator Patty Murray for introducing new legislation that will designate Illabot Creek, a key tributary of the Skagit River, as a Wild and Scenic River. “By introducing this legislation, Rep. Larsen and Sen. Murray are showing tremendous vision to protect the quality… Read more »

Mid-Year Update: America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2009

Washington, DC – Six months after American Rivers released America’s Most Endangered Rivers™: 2009 edition last April, thousands of Americans have taken action and critical decisions on many of the rivers are expected soon. Each year, the America’s Most Endangered Rivers report highlights the rivers facing the most uncertain futures. The report presents alternatives to… Read more »

Poll shows southeast Idahoans prefer less costly alternatives

IDAHO FALLS – A new poll commissioned by the nation’s leading river conservation organization shows that residents of southeast Idaho prefer cheaper and less environmentally damaging water supply alternatives to rebuilding Teton Dam by a better than 2-to-1 margin.  The poll found residents of southeast Idaho prefer making improvements in water efficiency to rebuilding Teton… Read more »

Bristol Bay Rivers among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Bristol Bay, Alaska – The rivers and tributaries of Bristol Bay, home to the world’s largest run of wild sockeye salmon, are threatened by what would be North America’s largest open pit mine.  The damage to tribes, clean water, wildlife and the fishing industry that would result from this mine has landed Bristol Bay on… Read more »

Extra footage from our Sandy River film

Our film about the restoration of Oregon’s Sandy River, Unexpected Things Come Together on the River, continues to receive great feedback. It was recently shown at the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival in California. When we were shooting this past spring, we got so much great footage that there was no way we could… 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 »