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 »
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 »
Baldface Creek, OR | Zachary Collier Recently the Obama Administration showed some real leadership starting a process that will hopefully put the final nail in the coffin of the Pebble Mine project in Alaska’s salmon-rich Bristol Bay. Huge props go to Trout Unlimited and many other groups who did all of the heavy lifting on… Read more »
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 »
American Rivers’ President Bob Irvin talks about upcoming legislation that would exempt dam owners from laws that protect fish, wildlife, water quality and recreation.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Spending time in natural spaces reduces anxiety, worry and stress. Nature, and rivers, are fundamental to our health, well-being, and relationships – to our happiness.