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 »

Puget Sound Action Agenda Includes River Protection; Elwha Dam Removal

Seattle, Wa— American Rivers, a leader in river conservation and salmon recovery in Washington, applauded the Puget Sound Partnership today on the release of their Action Agenda for recovering Puget Sound to health. The Partnership included support for important restoration projects like removal of the Glines Canyon and Elwha dams on the Elwha River. In… Read more »

Administration’s Columbia Basin salmon plan is another failure

NOTE: Read our initial analysis, Five reasons why the new Columbia-Snake salmon plan is a failure Seattle, WA – As the Bush administration released another scientifically inadequate salmon plan for the Columbia and Snake rivers today, American Rivers called on Northwest leaders to convene the people of the basin to consider sustainable, long-term solutions for… Read more »

Fish runs, public safety will improve thanks to removal of Hemlock Dam

Portland, OR– American Rivers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today applauded the U.S. Forest Service and other partners on the upcoming removal of the 26-foot high Hemlock Dam on Trout Creek, a tributary to the Wind River.  The project begins this week with the rescue and removal of fish from the dam… Read more »

It’s Official: Removing Klamath Dams Saves Money for Power Customers

Salem, OR – Today the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) – the Oregon agency charged with protecting utility customers – formally ruled, after months of investigation, that the proposed Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA) is indeed in the best interests of PacifiCorp ratepayers as well as the cheapest alternative for the company. The basis of… Read more »

Dam Proposed for South Fork Skykomish would be an Economic Loser

A new economic study of the controversial Sunset Falls Dam on Washington’s South Fork of the Skykomish River, reveals the power generated at the proposed site would cost 2.3 times more than the Snohomish County Public Utility District (SnoPUD) estimates.  Rocky Mountain Econometrics (RME), an economic, business and energy consulting firm in Boise, Idaho, evaluated… Read more »

Economic Stimulus and Habitat Restoration

Unless you live under a rock, you have probably heard by now that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has been signed into law. What might not be quite as evident is that, tucked among its 407 pages, is funding for habitat restoration. This is funding that will be able to be used… Read more »

Happy Birthday Wild and Scenic Rivers!

Happy Birthday to America’s Best Rivers! October 2nd marks the 40th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act which thankfully makes this great law older than I am. The passage of the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968 established one of our nation’s strongest conservation tools for rivers. A year earlier in… Read more »

Moving beyond the “Is hydropower green?” question

 There has been a recent flurry of news about hydropower and whether it should be considered a “green” source of power. Grist’s Ask Umbra column featured a discussion about whether a hydro project on one’s backyard stream is a sustainable way to generate power for home energy purposes. In a piece about dams in the… Read more »