It’s Official: Removing Klamath Dams Saves Money for Power Customers

Salem, OR – Today the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) – the Oregon agency charged with protecting utility customers – formally ruled, after months of investigation, that the proposed Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA) is indeed in the best interests of PacifiCorp ratepayers as well as the cheapest alternative for the company. The basis of… Read more »

Dam Proposed for South Fork Skykomish would be an Economic Loser

A new economic study of the controversial Sunset Falls Dam on Washington’s South Fork of the Skykomish River, reveals the power generated at the proposed site would cost 2.3 times more than the Snohomish County Public Utility District (SnoPUD) estimates.  Rocky Mountain Econometrics (RME), an economic, business and energy consulting firm in Boise, Idaho, evaluated… Read more »

Economic Stimulus and Habitat Restoration

Unless you live under a rock, you have probably heard by now that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has been signed into law. What might not be quite as evident is that, tucked among its 407 pages, is funding for habitat restoration. This is funding that will be able to be used… Read more »

Happy Birthday Wild and Scenic Rivers!

Happy Birthday to America’s Best Rivers! October 2nd marks the 40th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act which thankfully makes this great law older than I am. The passage of the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968 established one of our nation’s strongest conservation tools for rivers. A year earlier in… Read more »

Moving beyond the “Is hydropower green?” question

 There has been a recent flurry of news about hydropower and whether it should be considered a “green” source of power. Grist’s Ask Umbra column featured a discussion about whether a hydro project on one’s backyard stream is a sustainable way to generate power for home energy purposes. In a piece about dams in the… Read more »

Register for National River Cleanup 2011!

River cleanup season is here! Have you considered organizing a cleanup on your local river? Registration is now open for the 2011 season. Help us celebrate the 20th Anniversary of National River Cleanup™ by registering today. American Rivers’ National River Cleanup™ connects people across the country to their local rivers ands streams though hands-on volunteerism. In… Read more »

Show Your Love For Water Trails: Join Trails Advocacy Week

Register today for American Hiking Society’s Hike The Hill: Trails Advocacy Week February 12-17, 2011. Trail advocates from across the nation will come to the nation’s capital to promote and protect our nation’s system of trails – including water trails. Come talk to your elected officials about your water trail and get up to speed… Read more »

Today is a Day to Celebrate

Today is a day to celebrate. Simply put, Congress today passed the most comprehensive river protection and public lands bill in decades. The bill includes over 1,100 miles of 86 new Wild and Scenic Rivers in eight states and also designates over 2 million acres of new wilderness.  To give you a sense of scale,… Read more »

Year of the River video project: Elwha River dam removal

One of the greatest restoration projects is starting September 17 with the removal of two dams on the Elwha River. Be sure to check out our Year of the River page where we’ll be posting photos and a live video stream of the ceremony in the coming week. The world’s biggest dam removal begins this… Read more »