Most Endangered: The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon

It’s one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and an irreplaceable national treasure. It’s the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, and it is the #1 Most Endangered River of 2015. The river faces a battery of threats that could forever harm its health and the unique experience that belongs to every American…. 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the Columbia River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers®of 2015 today, shining a national spotlight on the impacts of outdated dam operations and an opportunity that the renegotiation of an international treaty creates for salmon restoration and flood protection.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 »

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 »

Obama administration embraces Bush salmon plan on Columbia-Snake rivers

Seattle — The Obama administration’s decision to accept the Columbia and Snake river salmon plan developed under the Bush administration is bad news for the basin’s endangered salmon, communities, and the region as a whole, American Rivers said today. It will now be up to federal Judge James Redden to determine whether the plan passes… Read more »

Major hurdle cleared in effort to remove Condit Dam

Portland – One of the nation’s largest river restoration efforts got the official green light today when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the agency that regulates hydropower dams, ordered the decommissioning of the White Salmon River’s hundred-year-old Condit Dam. The dam removal, scheduled to begin in the fall of next year, will restore habitat for… Read more »

Court ruling is a win for healthy rivers, salmon, and communities

Portland – A ruling today by federal Judge James A. Redden delivered a major victory for the Columbia and Snake rivers, imperiled salmon and steelhead runs, and Northwest communities. American Rivers, a plaintiff in the long-standing case, applauded the ruling that opens the door to comprehensive solutions surrounding dam operations and salmon recovery. Judge Redden… Read more »

A Pivotal Hearing for the Columbia and Snake Rivers

This coming Monday there is a court hearing that will help determine the future of the Columbia and Snake rivers and their salmon. At stake is the legality of a plan for operating the federal dams on the Columbia and lower Snake — American Rivers and its allies argue that the plan isn’t strong enough… Read more »

Finding Water Supplies and Lost Revenue in the Southeast

March 12-18 is EPA’s WaterSense Fix a Leak Week.  This week will push more people to improve their home’s water efficiency.  While many discussions involve not wasting water at home, American Rivers is also working at the community level.  Where can we find our hidden reservoirs of water supply?  A good place to start is… Read more »

Oil Spill Reminds Us of the Importance of Our Great Waters

As oil continues to flow into the Gulf of Mexico from the devastating BP spill, the connection between clean waters, communities, and healthy wildlife becomes clear. Images of oil soaked brown pelicans, fishermen with no fish to catch, and beachgoers sharing the sand with cleanup crews fill our newspapers and present us with the inescapable… Read more »

What’s Your Favorite River Beer?

What’s your favorite river beer? My colleague Kavita just came back from a meeting in southern Oregon where she learned that Rogue Ales and Spirits of Newport, Oregon will soon release “Restoration Redd Ale” to benefit salmon habitat restoration efforts (for you non-Northwesterners, a redd is a salmon “nest” in the bed of a river)…. Read more »