Oregon and California (“O&C”) Lands

click image to view full infographic The future of 2.6 million acres of high value public forest lands is at risk. Managed mainly by the Bureau of Land Management in Oregon known as Oregon and California (“O&C”) lands [PDF], these forests are home to perhaps the highest concentrations of pristine wild rivers in the United… Read more »

Columbia River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2015

www.AmericanRivers.org/Columbia Columbia Gorge | Thomas O’Keefe Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named the Columbia River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers®of 2015 today, shining a national spotlight on the impacts of outdated dam operations and an opportunity that the renegotiation of an international treaty creates for salmon restoration and flood protection. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report… Read more »

Exploring Zach Collier’s Important Place

Kalmiopsis Country out in Oregon and California contains wild rivers that are threatened by mining. Zach Collier, a local outfitter, talks about why he loves this important place.

Bill introduced to protect Pratt River’s clean water, recreation, wildlife

Seattle, WA –  Congressman Dave Reichert (R-8th) today introduced a bill to protect Washington’s Pratt River, one of the last truly wild rivers in King County. HR 4113 (The Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Wild Pratt River Act) would grant Wild and Scenic River protection to the Pratt, safeguarding clean water, fish and wildlife, and… Read more »

American Rivers applauds Wyden and Merkley for championing the Molalla River

Washington – American Rivers today applauded Oregon Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) for introducing new legislation in the Senate that will protect the Molalla River in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.  The Molalla River Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2009 will protect 21 miles, and approximately 7,000 acres of riverside land, through Wild… Read more »

Contract for Largest Dam Removal in US History to be Awarded Today

Seattle – The effort to restore a free-flowing Elwha River will reach a critical milestone today, as the National Park Service awards the contract for construction work to remove two outdated dams. Deconstruction will begin in 2011. Brett Swift, Northwest Regional Director for American Rivers, made the following statement: “This is a critical milestone in… Read more »

Elwha and White Salmon River Restoration Projects Show Great Success

Washington, DC – One year since two of the nation’s most significant river restoration projects began, American Rivers is applauding the progress and significant economic, environmental, and social benefits that have already started to accrue.  The nation’s leading river conservation organization also warned against an extreme piece of legislation that would hurt river restoration efforts… Read more »

Drain 8 Million Gallon Reservoir Because of Some Pee?

Pee in our drinking water? First reaction might be, “Eww!” There has been a flurry of debate over the Portland Water Bureau’s decision to drain a drinking water supply reservoir after a man was caught urinating into it. What do you think – was it the right thing to do? Even in infinitesimal amounts, who… Read more »