Rock and Roll – Elwha, Be Free!

Demolition underway at 210 foot tall Glines Canyon Dam | Credit: Amy Kober It was really special to be a part of the Elwha dam removal celebration last weekend. These people and quotes have stuck with me, and I wanted to share them with you: Frances Charles, chairwoman of the lower Elwha Klallam Tribe: We’re… Read more »

Sneak Peek at an Endangered River Success: The Elwha

On June 2 we will announce our 25th annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™. As part of the report’s 25th anniversary, in addition to naming the ten endangered rivers for 2010, we will be featuring endangered river success stories. You’ll have to wait until next week to learn about all of the rivers, but… Read more »

Voices from the White Salmon River: Daniel Dancer

Daniel Dancer, White Salmon River Activist The removal of Condit Dam on Washington’s White Salmon River begins on October 26. The effort to restore the river and its salmon has taken decades. In this guest post, local advocate Daniel Dancer remembers the very beginning of the dam removal effort. For me it began in 1990… Read more »

Grins and Gratitude on the White Salmon

Old Reservoir on the White Salmon River | Thomas O’Keefe, American Whitewater After years of effort by American Rivers and partners including Friends of the White Salmon, the Yakama Nation, and American Whitewater, the White Salmon River is flowing free. On November 2nd, the new stretch of river through the reservoir section and old Condit dam… Read more »

Local Projects

Northwest Projects For over 15 years, American Rivers has been the lead voice for river conservation in the Pacific Northwest.

Nooksack River, Washington

Nooksack River, WA | © Thomas O’Keefe The unique and beautiful Nooksack River system is a true gem. Flowing west from the high snowfields and glaciers of Mt. Baker, Mt. Shuksan, and the Twin Sister Mountain Range of the North Cascades to the sparkling, salty waters of the Salish Sea, the Nooksack River weaves its… Read more »

April Showers Bring May Flowers – And Vernal Pools

Vernal Pool | Nicholas Tonelli April showers bring May flowers – and vernal pools, if you live in California or Southern Oregon. Vernal pools are seasonal depressional wetlands that fill up with rainwater during winter and spring, but may be dry for part of the year. They are typically found on the West Coast, especially… Read more »

Protect the threatened Rogue, Smith, and Illinois Rivers

Today’s blog is by Kyle Ashby, American Rivers’ Wild Rivers Campaign Coordinator Rogue River | John Bruckman This week, Oregon Senators Wyden and Merkley along with Representatives DeFazio(OR) and Huffman(CA) lead the charge towards protecting the highest concentration of Wild and Scenic Rivers in the contiguous United States. The Smith, Rogue, and Illinois Rivers are… Read more »

Year of the River

This film tells the story of historic dam removal successes on Washington’s Elwha and White Salmon rivers. The seven-minute film premiered at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in 2013 and is the final installment in the “Year of the River” series by filmmaker Andy Maser. This second film gives background on the historic Elwha… Read more »

Hydropower solutions: Deschutes River

American Rivers and our partners worked to improve the operation of the Pelton Round Butte hydropower project on the Deschutes River in Oregon, creating benefits for the river’s health, fish, and anglers. Learn more about our river restoration work around dams at