World’s biggest dam removal begins this week

Seattle, WA — The biggest dam removal project in history begins this Saturday on Washington’s Elwha River. American Rivers, the national leader in restoring rivers through dam removal, applauded the effort which will revitalize salmon runs and deliver significant cultural, economic, and recreation benefits to the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe and surrounding communities. “This is… Read more »

A Look Back in Honor of National Water Quality Month

Willamette River, OR before the Clean Water Act | Oregon State University Archives I’ve never known a time without a Clean Water Act in the United States. This became particularly clear to me after watching footage from Oregon State University’s archives of the Willamette River in the 1930s and 1940. While I’ve seen water pollution… Read more »

Fish Passage Projects Mean Money and Jobs

A recent article in the New York Daily News outlined some of the cuts proposed by Senate Republicans to the economic stimulus package. Included among those projects was $20 million to remove fish barriers that is earmarked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Naysayers are wrong if they think investing in fish passage projects… Read more »

Holiday Spirit on the Rogue

Rogue River | Kavita Heyn, American Rivers Well it’s that time of year again and Santa is double checking his list to see who has been naughty and nice. I want to help Santa out a little and recommend that a number of Oregon Congressman and Senators make the nice list. Congressmen DeFazio, Schrader and… Read more »

Obama prioritizes rivers and blue trails in America’s Great Outdoors

You spoke, and the Obama Administration listened. This past spring, President Obama launched the America’s Great Outdoors initiative aimed at preserving our natural resources and promoting recreation, especially among youth. American Rivers rallied thousands of supporters like you nationwide to turn out across the country at official and homegrown listening sessions hosted by the administration. All… Read more »

Rock and Roll – Elwha, Be Free!

Demolition underway at 210 foot tall Glines Canyon Dam | Credit: Amy Kober It was really special to be a part of the Elwha dam removal celebration last weekend. These people and quotes have stuck with me, and I wanted to share them with you: Frances Charles, chairwoman of the lower Elwha Klallam Tribe: We’re… Read more »

Sneak Peek at an Endangered River Success: The Elwha

On June 2 we will announce our 25th annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™. As part of the report’s 25th anniversary, in addition to naming the ten endangered rivers for 2010, we will be featuring endangered river success stories. You’ll have to wait until next week to learn about all of the rivers, but… Read more »

Voices from the White Salmon River: Daniel Dancer

Daniel Dancer, White Salmon River Activist The removal of Condit Dam on Washington’s White Salmon River begins on October 26. The effort to restore the river and its salmon has taken decades. In this guest post, local advocate Daniel Dancer remembers the very beginning of the dam removal effort. For me it began in 1990… Read more »

Grins and Gratitude on the White Salmon

Old Reservoir on the White Salmon River | Thomas O’Keefe, American Whitewater After years of effort by American Rivers and partners including Friends of the White Salmon, the Yakama Nation, and American Whitewater, the White Salmon River is flowing free. On November 2nd, the new stretch of river through the reservoir section and old Condit dam… Read more »

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