Celebrating Passage of the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act

This blog is part of our series featuring the rivers protected by Congress in December 2014, including those designated as Wild and Scenic Rivers. Sun River, MT | Mike Fiebig Western Montanans are lucky enough to live amongst truly wild places: valleys created by free-flowing rivers, seas of peaks reaching for the sky, and largely intact habitats that… Read more »

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wants to Protect Arctic Refuge Wild Rivers

Hulahula River, Alaska | © Judith Slein (flickr) This week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommended designating 278 miles of four major wild rivers in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, the Atigun, Marsh Fork of the Canning, the Kongakut and, the Hulahula, as Wild and Scenic Rivers.  The agency found six additional… Read more »

Pipeline Company Gives Up On Cleaning Its Oil Spill

River ice, as seen here on the Yellowstone River, is hampering cleanup efforts for the oil spill | Photo: Scott Bosse Update: Feb 6, 2015 Three weeks after the Poplar Pipeline spewed 40,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana, cleanup efforts have been called off due to dangerous ice conditions. The spill,… Read more »

Major oil pipeline spill fouls Montana’s Yellowstone River

Yellowstone River | Photo: Robert Hawkins BOZEMAN – For the second time in four years, an oil pipeline has spilled tens of thousands of gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana, contaminating water supplies for local residents and harming valuable fish and wildlife habitat on the longest free-flowing river in the lower… Read more »

New Wild and Scenic Rivers protected by the President

Trout River, VT | John Little Last month President Obama signed into law the most significant river conservation bill in almost six years including protecting a slew of new Wild and Scenic Rivers. The legislation conserves 140 miles of new rivers along with 17,000 acres of important riverside land in Washington, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Vermont, and Oregon. The legislation also permanently protected watersheds… Read more »

After Four Decades, a Victory for the North Fork

It’s been said that good things come to those who wait. North Fork Flathead River | Scott Bosse After four decades, the wait is finally over for all the citizens and conservation groups who have patiently and persistently fought to maintain the integrity of the North Fork of the Flathead River watershed along the western… Read more »

Congress passes wild & scenic legislation

In a rare stroke of bi-partisanship the U.S. Senate today passed the most significant piece of legislation to protect new Wild and Scenic Rivers in over five years.  With the Senate passing legislation identical to a bill passed by the U.S House last week Congress can agree on something—river protections are good public policy when… Read more »

Major river protection package advances in Congress

New protections for rivers in Colorado, Delaware, Montana, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Washington Washington – Seven rivers in five states are one step closer to permanent Wild and Scenic protection thanks to a package of bills that the House of Representatives approved today.  It is the first time in five years that the House has… Read more »

Rep. Steve Daines’ East Rosebud Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

East Rosebud Creek | Scott Bosse American Rivers commends Rep. Steve Daines for introducing legislation to permanently protect East Rosebud Creek as a Wild and Scenic River. It’s what local residents have long wanted, and it’s what this spectacular waterway deserves. By designating East Rosebud Creek as Montana’s first new Wild and Scenic River since… Read more »