Obama administration embraces Bush salmon plan on Columbia-Snake rivers

Seattle — The Obama administration’s decision to accept the Columbia and Snake river salmon plan developed under the Bush administration is bad news for the basin’s endangered salmon, communities, and the region as a whole, American Rivers said today. It will now be up to federal Judge James Redden to determine whether the plan passes… Read more »

Major hurdle cleared in effort to remove Condit Dam

Portland – One of the nation’s largest river restoration efforts got the official green light today when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the agency that regulates hydropower dams, ordered the decommissioning of the White Salmon River’s hundred-year-old Condit Dam. The dam removal, scheduled to begin in the fall of next year, will restore habitat for… Read more »

South Fork Skykomish River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, D.C. – American Rivers named the South Fork Skykomish River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® today, shining a national spotlight on the threat a new dam poses to recreation, scenic vistas, wilderness, and wildlife.  “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save rivers that are facing a critical tipping… Read more »

Lower Snake River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington — Four dams on the lower Snake River are driving salmon to the brink of extinction while preventing the Northwest from embracing 21st century energy and transportation opportunities. This threat landed the lower Snake in the number three spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers: 2009 edition. American Rivers and its partners called on the… Read more »

Elwha River Dam Removal to Make History this Saturday

Elwha River in the gorge just downstream of Elwha Dam. Photo by Thomas O’Keefe. We’re making history this Saturday. That’s when the biggest dam removal ever begins on Washington’s Elwha River. It’s a major river restoration effort, and the world will be watching. It isn’t every day we get to celebrate a success like this…. Read more »

Help protect the Wild and Scenic Chetco River against mining

The Wild and Scenic Chetco River has stunning emerald-green and turquoise waters, amazing recreational opportunities, and provides clean drinking water to over 20,000 people in Brookings and Harbor in southern Oregon. It also hosts runs of massive King/chinook salmon, and the Chetco fishery is an important economic engine for surrounding communities. The Chetco was recently… Read more »

New report on Washington’s Water Future

From my office I can see the peaks of the North Cascades, which in some places are covered with 40 percent above average snowpack. This is good news for the salmon, farmers, fishermen, and boaters who depend on water in our rivers through the summer. But scientists tell us that with global warming and population… Read more »

Restore the Yakima River and its salmon!

For nearly three years, I’ve been working with the Yakama Indian Nation and conservation partners at the National Wildlife Federation, The Wilderness Society, and Trout Unlimited (among others) to negotiate a package of habitat restoration and protection and water management measures to restore central Washington’s Yakima River and its salmon and steelhead in a way… Read more »

Small grant programs mean a lot to local communities

With the state of the economy leading every newscast and talk of a “super committee” in Congress that will slash federal spending, it is to lose sight of all of the good things happening around us and positive impact many state and federal programs still have on local communities. Earlier this summer we announced, along… Read more »

Trout Creek Open for Steelhead

Last month I blogged about the start of dam removal on Hemlock Dam and stream restoration on Trout Creek, a tributary to the Wind River in Washington .  This week, the exciting news is that the dam removal is complete, and the stream channel has been restored and resdesigned to emulate a natural and historic… Read more »