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reach a critical milestone today, as the National Park Service awards the contract for construction work to remove two outdated dams.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 »

Growing Up On The Wild Skykomish River

Today, Andrea Matzke, a local resident, tells us about growing up on the South Fork Skykomish River.  This guest blog is part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series: Take Action to Protect theSF Skykomish River Please take a minute to email SnoPUD and urge them to abandon the Sunset Falls project! The more I… Read more »

Most Endangered Rivers Launch Takes Off

Yesterday, American Rivers had a tremendous release of our list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2011.  The stories are rolling in, and we are very excited about the interest that has been shown in this year’s rivers.  I wanted to share with you a few of the exciting moments that we have seen so… Read more »

Reduce, Reuse, RecycleIt Even Applies to Dams!

Millstone from dam | Credit: Spamily We talk a lot about removing dams on here, and it got us thinking. Do you ever wonder what happens to the actual material from the dam once it’s removed from a river? While the answer to this question depends largely on what type of material (concrete, earth, timber,… Read more »

Several Rivers Move Closer to Permanent Protection

Yesterday was a big day for rivers as the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved several Wild and Scenic River bills by unanimous consent.  American Rivers has been working with local communities and river groups to develop proposals and advocating on Capitol Hill for several of of these rivers, including the the Molalla River in Oregon and the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River,… Read more »

Time for solutions on the lower Snake River

Any day now, Federal District Judge James A. Redden of Portland, OR is expected to issue his ruling on the 2010 Biological Opinion (BiOp) for the Columbia and Snake rivers.  The BiOp, also known as the federal salmon plan, governs operations of the federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers and includes actions intended… Read more »

World’s biggest river restoration kicks off Thurs at official ceremony in Oregon

This Thursday, the world’s largest river restoration and dam removal effort will be officially kicked off at a signing ceremony in Salem, Oregon. The president of American Rivers, Rebecca Wodder, will join Interior Secretary Salazar, Oregon Governor  Kulongoski, and California Governor Schwarzenegger to sign historic agreements to mount an unprecedented restoration effort on the Klamath… Read more »