EPA Must Take One More Step to Protect Bristol Bay

Ask the EPA to permanently protect Bristol Bay from mining! In 2011, American Rivers listed Bristol Bay as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, due to the threat of a massive copper/gold mine that would devastate the landscape, fisheries, and local way of life. We are pleased that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released… Read more »

Anglers Fund Conservation Update Part 1 – Pacific Northwest

Welcome to the 5th edition of American Rivers’ Anglers Fund conservation update, which summarizes our recent successes to protect and restore important fish habitat. You’ll see where we are restoring access to spawning grounds by taking out dams, protecting steelhead runs from mining and development, improving river health by protecting buffers and floodplains, and more…. Read more »

Integrated River Management on the Green River

A reach of the Green River in Kent in desperate need of floodplain restoration and shade trees. The Green-Duwamish is Seattle’s only river — given that distinction, it deserves better treatment.  The Green flows out of the Cascade Mountains just north of Mount Rainier, through Flaming Geyser State Park, and down to Elliott Bay through… Read more »

Saving a Wild Northwestern Gem

A local resident, Evelyn Cook, talks about why nickel mining would be a bad idea environmentally and economically for the Smith River in Oregon and California.

Clean Water or Clearcuts for Oregon?

This story originally ran on National Geographic’s WaterCurrents blog. North Umpqua River, OR | © Paul Colangelo/ILCP Big decisions are looming for management of 2.8 million acres of Oregon’s public forestlands – an area covering the size of more than eight Crater Lake National Parks. Because legislation concerning management of the so-called O&C lands could… Read more »

Elwha River Uplift

This is a guest blog by Dylan Tomine, originally published on his website and reprinted with permission. The kids and I decided to squeeze in one last, close-to-home, weekday excursion before school started, so we headed over to the newly dam-free Elwha River for a little float. The last piece of the upper dam was… Read more »

Water and Climate Change: Solutions on the Yakima River

The New York Times recently ran a story (Drought is Bearing Fruit for Washington Wineries) quoting Michael Garrity of American Rivers. Michael talked about how a plan for the Yakima River is a model for conservation. He said, “The Yakima Plan shows how we move forward through the reality of climate change and ensure reliable… Read more »

Just How Outdated is the 1872 Mining Law?

The General Mining Act of 1872 is an antiquated law governing mining on public lands. We need to protect special places that are threatened under this outdated rule.