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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(OR) 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 www.AmericanRivers.org/Dams

Weathering Change

Download the full report [PDF] Go to report website (includes individual chapter downloads) Bringing Federal Policy into the 21st Century Many federal policies still encourage the same backward-looking water management approaches that didn’t work in the past and are even less suited to the future. Federal funding and policies reward wasteful water use and support… Read more »

The Ecological and Recreational Benefit of the Molalla River, Oregon

Read the full report (PDF) Executive Summary The Molalla River is an Oregon natural treasure. This 53-mile river originates in coniferous forests in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and travels downstream through forests and agricultural land before joining the Willamette River. The Molalla is a valuable and necessary feature for local communities in the… Read more »

Biological Contributions of Tributary Streams to the Wild Rogue River

Read the full report (PDF) Executive Summary Tributary streams in the Wild Rogue basin provide critical biological benefits and services to aquatic species and riparian habitats. These streams supply fish habitat for anadromous fish (such as coho salmon and steelhead) which are estimated to be present in approximately 100 stream miles across fourteen tributary streams (BLM,… Read more »