Columbia River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2015 2. Columbia River Location: Washington, Oregon Outdated dam operations are putting healthy runs of salmon and other fisheries at risk. Columbia Gorge | Thomas O’Keefe Once home to the largest salmon runs in the world, the mighty Columbia River is now blocked by a series of dams. However, the… Read more »

Hopeful news for the endangered Columbia River!

Columbia River from Washington | Tony Fischer (Flickr CC) The endangered Columbia River is the lifeblood of the Pacific Northwest, cranking out energy and irrigation water for the benefit of millions of Pacific Northwest communities, industries, and farms. However, the dams that have provided these long-term benefits have taken their toll on the Columbia native… Read more »

The Injustice of the Columbia River Treaty

Today’s guest blog is a part of the America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series highlighting the Columbia River in Washington State. Our guest blogger is W. Thomas Soeldner, a retired Lutheran minister and educator living in Valleyford, Washington, just south of Spokane. He is a board member of Earth Ministry and co-chair of the Upper Columbia… 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 »