Preparing for dam removal: Elwha River video update

American Rivers has fought for more than a decade to remove outdated dams on Washington’s Elwha River, and now the beginning of this historic dam removal effort is just over a month away! Watch the latest report from King 5 TV, where divers from The U.S. Geological Survey and the Environmental Protection Agency fight strong… Read more »

Saving the Sound, One Watershed at a Time

Everyday, I look out my window and see Fishermen’s Terminal, a hub for boats of all types: commercial fishing boats, small cruise ships, and other vessels. The boats docked at Fishermen’s Terminal are floating on freshwater and just around the corner the boats use the Ballard Locks to enter the saltwater of Puget Sound. Yesterday’s… Read more »

The Beautiful Sky

Today’s guest blog for our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series is a story of love for the South Fork Skykomish River from Jeff Smith, a local resident: Take Action to Protect theSkykomish River Tell Congress to support restoration and long-term planning on the Missouri River! The Skykomish River flows from a distant vault in time… Read more »

What will the Elwha dam removal mean for whitewater boating?

Guest blog post by Tom O’Keefe Tom O’Keefe is the Pacific Northwest stewardship director for American Whitewater. I’m excited about the Elwha River restoration because it will offer new opportunities to enjoy the recreational opportunities of a restored river. The Elwha River is unique among rivers of the Olympic Peninsula as it cuts through several… Read more »

Ask the Secretary of Interior to Protect the Chetco River

Chetco, OR | Northwest Rafting Company Protect the Chetco River from mining » The Wild and Scenic Chetco River is renowned for its world-class salmon and steelhead runs, and crystal clear water.  However, it is still vulnerable to mining thanks to the General Mining Law of 1872 – which gives mining precedence over all other… Read more »

2010 Dam Removals

See a full list of dams removed in 2010  See a full list of dams removed/slated for removal in 2009 See our past list of dams removed from 1998-2008 American Rivers, the leading conservation organization fighting for healthy rivers so communities can thrive, today announced its annual list of 60 dams that were removed in… Read more »

Our Next Wild and Scenic Rivers

Rogue River, OR | American Rivers American Rivers has worked for 40 years to protect the nation’s best, free-flowing rivers with Wild and Scenic River designations. A Wild and Scenic River designation is the strongest tool to protect rivers, prohibiting dams and other harmful development. It safeguards a river’s special fish and wildlife habitat, clean… Read more »

Alpine Lakes Legislation Clears House Committee

Snoqualmie River, WA | Tom O’Keefe WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Natural Resources Committee passed by voice vote a handful of public lands bills including the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act (H.R. 361). The committee action marks the next step in a bill’s road to becoming… Read more »

1,000 Miles of Rivers in Seven States to be Protected as Wild and Scenic

Washington, DC — The second largest Wild and Scenic package in history passed the Senate today, safeguarding over 1,000 miles of rivers in Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Wyoming, Utah, Vermont, and Massachusetts. S. 22, the bi-partisan Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, includes important protections for 270,000 acres of land along 82 new Wild and… Read more »

Costly Black Rock Dam is Risky and Unnecessary

Seattle, WA –  A massive new water storage project in the Black Rock Valley east of Yakima would cost $6.7 billion and return only 16 cents on the dollar, according to a draft Environmental Impact Statement released today by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Washington Department of Ecology. The project would pump water… Read more »