Help Cleanup the “Soon to be Wild and Scenic” Molalla River

I like to think of the Molalla River as the prettiest river you’ve never heard of. It’s truly a hidden gem, originating in the headwaters of the Table Rock Wilderness and tumbling through old growth forest on its way to join the Willamette River, 50 miles from Portland, Oregon. Its cold waters provide drinking water… Read more »

National River Cleanup® Year in Review: 5 Ws of 2011

Last year American Rivers celebrated the 20th Anniversary of National River Cleanup.  The 5 Ws below highlight the remarkable achievements of 2011:   Who: 85,000 cleanup organizers, volunteers, employees, students and fellow river-lovers all over the country teamed up to restore waterways. What: Collected over 3 million pounds of trash from 37,500 river miles.  That is… Read more »

Restore the White Salmon: keep Condit Dam removal on track for 2011

2011 is the Year of the River, with unprecedented dam removal and river restoration projects happening nationwide. This is one of a series of posts where we’ll be celebrating dam removal successes and updating you on current dam removal efforts.   There is tremendous momentum and agreement to remove the 100 year old Condit Dam… Read more »

Six hotspots for protecting the Northwest’s wild rivers

Spring has arrived in Seattle, and in addition to blooming salmonberry and longer days, that means summer river trip planning is underway! Every year our Northwest staff, along with friends, partners and spouses get together for a trip. We had a great time on the Salmon last year. This year we’re heading to the Grande… Read more »

Tribes, Fishers, and Local Residents Oppose Pebble Mine

It’s a battle that has been brewing for years and one that is not likely to end soon… the Pebble Mine in Alaska. We highlighted the concerns about this project on our 2011 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™. At American Rivers, we know very well that while some potentially harmful projects might be quickly defeated, others… Read more »

Year of the River Video Project: White Salmon Restoration

I love this video. I love these two amazing women – Heather Herbeck, a whitewater guide and kayak instructor at Wet Planet, and Phyllis Clausen, who lived on the river for 30 years, volunteered with Friends of the White Salmon, and spearheaded river restoration and protection efforts. This is the second video in our Year… Read more »

Cle Elum Sockeye Celebration

This is a guest post from Hannah Mink, Washington State Conservation Intern for American Rivers. Salmon Celebration Ceremony on the Yakima River, WA | © Michael Garrity Witnessed on July 10th, was a historic celebration! With the sun high and temperatures too, hundreds gathered on the shores of Lake Cle Elum, dressed in everything from… Read more »

Alpine Lakes, Washington

In December 2014, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act, which designated the upper 27.4 miles of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie and the entire 9.5-mile Pratt River as Wild and Scenic Rivers. The Act also added 22,100 acres to the… Read more »

Nickel Mine Challenges Persist for Oregon Rivers

This guest blog from Tim Palmer on nickel mining near the Rough and Ready Creek was originally published in The Register Guard on January 11, 2014. Rough and Ready and Baldface Creeks were listed as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2013. Take action to protect Rough and Ready and Baldface creeks from dangerous… Read more »

Integrated River Management on the Green River

A reach of the Green River in Kent in desperate need of floodplain restoration and shade trees. The Green-Duwamish is Seattle’s only river — given that distinction, it deserves better treatment.  The Green flows out of the Cascade Mountains just north of Mount Rainier, through Flaming Geyser State Park, and down to Elliott Bay through… Read more »