Senator Merkley on the Molalla River

On a wet, green spring day this week I joined several of our Molalla River Alliance partners and Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley (D) for a short rafting trip along the Molalla River. From its headwaters beyond Table Rock Wilderness in the Cascade Range, the crystal-clear and biologically diverse Molalla River tumbles through forests to its confluence… Read more »

Then and Now: National River Cleanup History

It was in 1991 that a group of ambitious America Outdoors employees began planning the first National River Cleanup Week. Their goal? “Remove tons of trash and debris from over 3,000 miles of waterways, encourage public involvement in the stewardship of river resources, and foster better working relationships between river interest groups.” In the twenty… Read more »

Why the farmer and the enviro really can be friends on irrigation

Originally published on Authors: Peter Dykstra is Pacific Northwest regional director for The Wilderness Society. Michael Garrity is Washington state conservation director for American Rivers. Steve Malloch is senior water program manager at the National Wildlife Federation. Lisa Pelly is Washington water project director for Trout Unlimited. Mark Twain once opined that in the… Read more »

Knowing When To Say No

Take Action to Protect Bristol Bay Tell the EPA to prevent open-pit mining on Bristol Bay! American Rivers’ annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® often highlights special rivers in exceptional places where certain types of development will never be appropriate. We feel that it is the responsibility of decision-makers and the general public to… Read more »

Successful Habitat Restoration Projects

Morgan Point Bendway Closure Structure, ArkansasThe $2.7 million project was designed to restore flows to the Morgan Point Bendway, which was cut off when the Wilbur D. Mills Dam was constructed. An overflow weir closure structure at the mouth of the bendway and a water supply pipeline from the dam was built. Additionally, some areas… Read more »

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 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 »

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 »