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 »

Freeing Evans Creek: A Year in The Life of a Dam Removal

Fielder Dam on Evans Creek | River Design Group Two dam removals are planned for Summer 2015 on Evans Creek, a tributary to the Rogue River in Oregon. Fielder Dam, a 19 foot tall, 259 foot long dam is located 3 miles from Evans Creek’s confluence with the Rogue River. Wimer Dam, a 19 foot… Read more »

Anglers Fund Conservation Update Part 1 – Pacific Northwest

Welcome to the 5th edition of American Rivers’ Anglers Fund conservation update, which summarizes our recent successes to protect and restore important fish habitat. You’ll see where we are restoring access to spawning grounds by taking out dams, protecting steelhead runs from mining and development, improving river health by protecting buffers and floodplains, and more…. Read more »

April Showers Bring May Flowers – And Vernal Pools

Vernal Pool | Nicholas Tonelli April showers bring May flowers – and vernal pools, if you live in California or Southern Oregon. Vernal pools are seasonal depressional wetlands that fill up with rainwater during winter and spring, but may be dry for part of the year. They are typically found on the West Coast, especially… Read more »

Autopsy of a Dam Removal: Stearns Dam

Stearns Dam, During Construction, Crooked River, OR | Denise Hoffert-Hay This blog is a part of our ongoing series this month on the Challenges of River Restoration. One of our goals at American Rivers is to make dam removal accessible— to make it something that local watershed groups, state natural resource agencies, and others feel… Read more »

Legislation introduced to authorize Klamath River Restoration Agreements

Klamath River, CA | USFS (Washington) — One of the nation’s biggest river restoration efforts will get a major boost today thanks to Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introducing legislation to authorize the Klamath River Restoration Agreements. The legislation authorizes agreements that resolve… Read more »

Protecting Wild Rivers

Explore Wild & Scenic Rivers Less than 1 percent of rivers in the U.S. are still wild and free. Wild and Scenic River designation by Congress is the best tool to protect rivers and the lands along their banks. We are excited to launch an interactive map showing all the Wild and Scenic Rivers throughout… Read more »

Map of US Dam Removals 1936-2013

Few things have such a fundamental impact on a river as a dam. Dams block a river’s flow and can harm clean water, fish and wildlife, and recreation opportunities. American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams. We have been creating a running inventory of all dam removal projects we… Read more »