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 »

Fighting for the future of a Northwest icon

Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River | Scott Buttner [FlickrCC] The salmon and steelhead of the Snake River are magnificent creatures, traveling more than 900 miles from the sea to spawn in Idaho’s high mountain streams — the largest block of healthy salmon habitat remaining in the lower 48 states. They are an icon… 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 »