Beyond Dams: Options and Alternatives

Read the full report (PDF) Introduction Rivers weave in and out of our lives, providing innumerable benefits to communities across the world. In the United States, we rely on our rivers for drinking water, irrigation, aquatic habitat, fisheries, energy, navigation, recreation and simply the natural beauty they bring to our landscapes. Humans have been building… Read more »

Unnatural Disasters, Natural Solutions: Lessons from the Flooding of New Orleans

Executive Summary The images are seared into our memories. As Hurricane Katrina roared ashore, the long-ignored warnings about the inadequacy of New Orleans’ defenses came shockingly, vividly alive. The flooding of New Orleans that followed was a tragic and appalling disaster. But it was not a natural disaster. Poor project planning, flawed project design, misplaced… Read more »

President Obama Signs Historic Wild and Scenic River Bill into Law

Washington, DC – American Rivers applauded President Barack Obama today for signing into the law the second largest Wild and Scenic Rivers package in history. The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 designates 86 new Wild and Scenic Rivers, totaling over 1,100 miles in Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Wyoming, Utah, California, and Massachusetts. The legislation… Read more »

American Rivers and NOAA Award $290,000 to Restore Rivers and Improve Fish Passage in Six States

 Washington, D.C. – Rivers and fisheries nationwide are getting a boost, thanks to a partnership between American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restoration Center. $290,000 in Community-based Habitat Restoration Program Partnership grants were awarded this year to reconnect fragmented river habitat, improve river health and… Read more »

Today is a Day to Celebrate

Today is a day to celebrate. Simply put, Congress today passed the most comprehensive river protection and public lands bill in decades. The bill includes over 1,100 miles of 86 new Wild and Scenic Rivers in eight states and also designates over 2 million acres of new wilderness.  To give you a sense of scale,… Read more »

How Long Will Mt. Hood’s Rivers Have to Wait?

For all of us who have waited to see Wild and Scenic protections finally provided to some of Mount Hood’s wildest rivers, well, this week’s vote in the House of Representatives means we will just have to wait a little bit longer. The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 would have safeguarded over 1,100… Read more »

Fall for Restoration

The crispness of the air and nature’s color explosion make fall my favorite season. I always feel more in tune with nature during the fall, as I begin to plan fall hikes along my local rivers. Fall is also the harvest season for certain crops and, for those of us that grew up surrounded by… Read more »

Taunton River Wild and Scenic Bill Passes House

Washington, DC –  A bill to designate the Taunton River as a Wild and Scenic River passed the House last night with bi-partisan support, putting the Taunton on track to become the fifth Wild and Scenic River in Massachusetts. All ten communities along the river enthusiastically support the designation, which will safeguard the river’s outstanding… Read more »