White Salmon River to run free tomorrow with breach of Condit Dam

Portland, OR – The restoration of Washington’s White Salmon River will begin with a boom Wednesday, when a hole is blasted in the base of the 100 year old Condit Dam. The event will mark a significant milestone for river restoration regionally and nationally. A live feed of the blast, scheduled for approximately noon Pacific… Read more »

Teton River Named One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2010

Washington, DC — Rebuilding the Teton Dam would waste taxpayer dollars and threatens the Teton River’s popular recreational fishery and whitewater boating. This threat landed the Teton in the number eight spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers™: 2010 edition, produced by American Rivers. “Rebuilding an unsafe and unnecessary dam on the Teton River would be irresponsible,… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Can Save Local Governments Money

Today’s post is by Brian Wegener of the Tualatin Riverkeepers, a nonprofit organization working to protect and restore Oregon’s Tualatin River System. With increasing urbanization comes an increasing area of rooftops, parking lots, and highways – hard surfaces that are impermeable to water. Rain that once soaked into fields and forests, now runs off these… Read more »

Massive dam threatens wild Alaska river

This is a guest post from Richard Leo from the Coalition for Susitna Dam Alternatives The Denali Highway crosses the upper Susitna river | Credit: Wikimedia Commons The biggest dam in America since Glen Canyon. The eighth tallest in the world when fully built. On a great wild river of dense salmon runs in the… Read more »

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American Rivers has fought for more than a decade to remove outdated dams on Washington’s Elwha River, and now the beginning of this historic dam removal effort is just over a month away!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 »