Green Reserve — Water Infrastructure in the Stimulus at One Year

At the groundbreaking of a “green street” project in Edmonston, Maryland, funded by the stimulus, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said: “Environmental protection, if done right, is about protecting a community. You should never have to choose between an economy that’s vibrant and green and an environment that’s vibrant and green.” That’s exactly why the “green… Read more »

Molalla Wild and Scenic Legislation Ranks in National Environmental Scorecard

It is really great to see the recent rankings of the 2009 National Environmental Scorecard, compiled by the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which listed Oregon’s Molalla River Wild and Scenic legislation as number 11 out of 14 in a national short list of commendable environmental legislation in the 111th Congress. We have been working closely… Read more »

Protecting Clean Water in Washington, One Permit (or Three) at a Time

Do your eyes glaze over immediately at the word “permit”? Although they might not be the most stimulating of conversation starters, Clean Water Act permits are critical to the protection and restoration of clean rivers, lakes, and streams. By setting limits for what can be released into our waterways, these permits essentially act as the… Read more »

Senator Merkley on the Molalla River

On a wet, green spring day this week I joined several of our Molalla River Alliance partners and Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley (D) for a short rafting trip along the Molalla River. From its headwaters beyond Table Rock Wilderness in the Cascade Range, the crystal-clear and biologically diverse Molalla River tumbles through forests to its confluence… Read more »

Then and Now: National River Cleanup History

It was in 1991 that a group of ambitious America Outdoors employees began planning the first National River Cleanup Week. Their goal? “Remove tons of trash and debris from over 3,000 miles of waterways, encourage public involvement in the stewardship of river resources, and foster better working relationships between river interest groups.” In the twenty… Read more »

Why the farmer and the enviro really can be friends on irrigation

Originally published on Crosscut.com. Authors: Peter Dykstra is Pacific Northwest regional director for The Wilderness Society. Michael Garrity is Washington state conservation director for American Rivers. Steve Malloch is senior water program manager at the National Wildlife Federation. Lisa Pelly is Washington water project director for Trout Unlimited. Mark Twain once opined that in the… Read more »

Knowing When To Say No

Take Action to Protect Bristol Bay Tell the EPA to prevent open-pit mining on Bristol Bay! American Rivers’ annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® often highlights special rivers in exceptional places where certain types of development will never be appropriate. We feel that it is the responsibility of decision-makers and the general public to… Read more »

Successful Habitat Restoration Projects

Morgan Point Bendway Closure Structure, ArkansasThe $2.7 million project was designed to restore flows to the Morgan Point Bendway, which was cut off when the Wilbur D. Mills Dam was constructed. An overflow weir closure structure at the mouth of the bendway and a water supply pipeline from the dam was built. Additionally, some areas… Read more »

Collaborative Plan Provides Vision for Nooksack River

Upper Nooksack River, WA | Scott Willison It is such a thrill to complete a project! Especially a two and half year collaborative, planning project that involves several organizations, governments and individuals who have spent hundreds of hours in meetings, on field tours and site assessments, and researching and writing detailed information. It gives me… Read more »