Envisioning a Restored Klamath River

Updated January 2007 Debates over restoration of river ecosystems can become contentious and polarizing: residents in an area faced with river management decisions may have a deep-rooted concern about large-scale landscape change, and fear of the unknown.  People are often unsure what the impacts of restoration might look like, and what the consequences could be… Read more »

The Natural Water Filter: A Case For A Protected O&C Forest

Download the full O&C infographic Simply put, forests serve as low-cost natural water treatment plants. Healthy, intact forests filter pollutants, sediment, and harmful bacteria out of the water, providing high quality drinking water. They also act like a sponge, holding and gradually releasing water, recharging groundwater, and even reducing flood damage downstream. As Congress considers… Read more »

Upper Nooksack River Recreation Plan

The Nooksack River is a true gem in Washington state. It is rich in fish and wildlife habitat and is a regional outdoor recreation haven. The purpose of the Upper Nooksack River Recreation Plan (Plan) is to provide guidance and recommendations for managing non-motorized recreation use in the river corridors of the upper Nooksack River… Read more »

The Economics of Small Dams

Today’s guest blog is a part of the America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series, and it is about a river that we listed in 2012, the South Fork Skykomish River in Washington.  Rich Bowers, the Hydropower Reform Coalition Pacific Northwest Coordinator, tells us about a new economic report that sheds light on the economics of dam… Read more »

Who Says Water is for Fightin’?

Crooked River, OR | Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives Unlikely allies—irrigators, a hydropower company, a Native American tribe and conservation groups including American Rivers—have come together in support of a solution for a decades-old fight over water in the Wild and Scenic Crooked River an important tributary of the Deschutes River in Central Oregon. After… Read more »

Legislation introduced to authorize Klamath River Restoration Agreements

Klamath River, CA | USFS (Washington) — One of the nation’s biggest river restoration efforts will get a major boost today thanks to Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introducing legislation to authorize the Klamath River Restoration Agreements. The legislation authorizes agreements that resolve… Read more »

Columbia River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2015

www.AmericanRivers.org/Columbia Columbia Gorge | Thomas O’Keefe Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named the Columbia River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers®of 2015 today, shining a national spotlight on the impacts of outdated dam operations and an opportunity that the renegotiation of an international treaty creates for salmon restoration and flood protection. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report… Read more »

Big news for the Chetco

Thanks to you, we stopped mining on the Chetco River and took a big step forward in protecting some of the best salmon and steelhead habitat on the West Coast. If you’re on Twitter and Facebook, take a moment to spread the word to thank the Oregon Members of Congress working to make this permanent…. Read more »