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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

We are excited to launch this interactive map of all known dam removals in the U.S.! 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… Read more »

Nickel Mine Challenges Persist for Oregon Rivers

This guest blog from Tim Palmer on nickel mining near the Rough and Ready Creek was originally published in The Register Guard on January 11, 2014. Rough and Ready and Baldface Creeks were listed as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2013. Take action to protect Rough and Ready and Baldface creeks from dangerous… Read more »

The Natural Water Filter: A Case For A Protected O&C Forest

Download the full O&C infographic Simply put, forests serve as low-cost natural water treatment plants. Healthy, intact forests filter pollutants, sediment, and harmful bacteria out of the water, providing high quality drinking water. They also act like a sponge, holding and gradually releasing water, recharging groundwater, and even reducing flood damage downstream. As Congress considers… Read more »

Oregon and California (“O&C”) Lands

click image to view full infographic The future of 2.6 million acres of high value public forest lands is at risk. Managed mainly by the Bureau of Land Management in Oregon known as Oregon and California (“O&C”) lands [PDF], these forests are home to perhaps the highest concentrations of pristine wild rivers in the United… Read more »

Early Thanksgiving for Crooked River Steelhead

Stearns Dam removal, Crooked River, OR | © Denise Hoffert-Hay Construction to remove the Stearns Dam from the Crooked River in central Oregon kicked off this week when equipment staged along the river’s banks and fill was brought in to create the temporary access road for heavy equipment. The monumental moment that has been over… Read more »

Stearns Dam Removal, Crooked River, Oregon

In October 2013, Stearns Dam will join a list of other note-worthy Pacific Northwest dams: Elwha, Condit, Marmot and Savage Rapids when it is removed from the Crooked River. This project to restore fish passage and river processes to the Crooked River has been in development for 10 years. Implementation will be realized with the… Read more »