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 »

HR3189 Sucks Rivers Dry – Here’s Why You Should Care

Dry river beds like this could be even more common if HR 3189 gets passed In Colorado and the arid West states, water rights are like property rights. They can be bought, sold or even leased. When someone holds the right to water, they know they are permitted a specific amount of water to use… Read more »

Rogue River’s Contribution to the Economy Larger Than Previously Thought

The Rogue River is renowned for its world-class whitewater and fishing opportunities, but its economic significance is often overlooked. Two new studies recently conducted by ECONorthwest quantify both the hard revenue generated statewide by recreation on the Wild and Scenic Lower Rogue River and the value to society of Rogue River salmon and steelhead. “Regional… Read more »

Bush Administration’s Salmon Plan Falls Short

Seattle, WA – The Bush administration today released its revised salmon management plan for the Columbia and Snake rivers. This latest salmon plan calls for less protective operation of federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers than have been ordered in recent years by a federal court. The plan also gives only superficial treatment… Read more »

American Rivers names Brett Swift as Northwest regional director

(Washington, DC) — American Rivers announced today that Brett Swift is the new director of the Northwest regional office. American Rivers, headquartered in Washington, DC, has offices in Seattle and Portland and has played a lead role in Pacific Northwest river conservation efforts since 1992. “Brett has delivered many important victories for the Northwest’s rivers,”… Read more »

American Rivers Announces a New Director of Flood Management Policy

Washington, DC — American Rivers announced today that it has hired a new Director of Flood Management Policy: Shana Udvardy. Udvardy will work with Members of Congress, relevant government agencies, and other decision-makers to advocate for 21st Century solutions to flood control to increase natural resilience against flood disasters.  The director will focus on the… Read more »

American Rivers Kicks Off 20th Anniversary of National River Cleanup(TM)

Washington, DC — American Rivers, the nation’s leading voice for healthy rivers and clean water, today announced the kickoff of National River Cleanup™, now in its 20th year. The program, which mobilizes hundreds of thousands of volunteers to pick up trash from rivers nationwide, is poised for its most successful year to date. Millions of… Read more »

Coalition documents Obama’s ghoulish salmon plan

PORTLAND, Ore. – A coalition of fishing, business, and conservation organizations asked a federal judge today to declare President Obama’s Columbia and Snake river salmon recovery plan illegal. “We’d like to pretend this plan is just a ‘trick’ and the ‘treat’ is still to come,” said Michael Garrity of American Rivers. “But we can’t. We’ve… Read more »

Actor Tom Skerritt to celebrate Elwha River restoration

This blog post is part of a series on restoring rivers and dam removal that we are sharing as we are nearing one of the greatest river restoration projects with the removal of the Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River, September 17. Learn more about that project at www.AmericanRivers.org/YearoftheRiver. Actor and American Rivers board… Read more »