Drain 8 Million Gallon Reservoir Because of Some Pee?

Pee in our drinking water? First reaction might be, “Eww!” There has been a flurry of debate over the Portland Water Bureau’s decision to drain a drinking water supply reservoir after a man was caught urinating into it. What do you think – was it the right thing to do? Even in infinitesimal amounts, who… Read more »

Molalla Wild and Scenic Legislation Ranks in National Environmental Scorecard

It is really great to see the recent rankings of the 2009 National Environmental Scorecard, compiled by the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which listed Oregon’s Molalla River Wild and Scenic legislation as number 11 out of 14 in a national short list of commendable environmental legislation in the 111th Congress. We have been working closely… Read more »

Several Rivers Move Closer to Permanent Protection

Yesterday was a big day for rivers as the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved several Wild and Scenic River bills by unanimous consent.  American Rivers has been working with local communities and river groups to develop proposals and advocating on Capitol Hill for several of of these rivers, including the the Molalla River in Oregon and the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River,… Read more »

Grins and Gratitude on the White Salmon

Old Reservoir on the White Salmon River | Thomas O’Keefe, American Whitewater After years of effort by American Rivers and partners including Friends of the White Salmon, the Yakama Nation, and American Whitewater, the White Salmon River is flowing free. On November 2nd, the new stretch of river through the reservoir section and old Condit dam… Read more »

North Fork John Day River, Oregon

As the second longest undammed river in the continental United States, the John Day River in northeastern Oregon provides some of the best remaining habitat for salmon and steelhead in the country. The North Fork John Day Sub-basin and its cold-water tributaries alone support the largest runs of steelhead in the entire Columbia River system…. Read more »

Stearns Dam Removal, Crooked River, Oregon

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

Rogue River’s Contribution to the Economy Larger Than Previously Thought

The Rogue River is renowned for its world-class whitewater and fishing opportunities, but its economic significance is often overlooked. Two new studies recently conducted by ECONorthwest quantify both the hard revenue generated statewide by recreation on the Wild and Scenic Lower Rogue River and the value to society of Rogue River salmon and steelhead. “Regional… Read more »

American Rivers Supports Designating Molalla River as Wild and Scenic

Washington – American Rivers and the Molalla River Alliance today applauded Representative Kurt Schrader for introducing new legislation that will protect 22 miles and approximately 7,000 acres of riverside land along the Molalla River in Oregon’s Willamette Valley through Wild and Scenic River designation.   “The Molalla River is known for its awe-inspiring beauty and many… 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 »