Five Things My Three Year Old Reminded Me About Rivers

August fishing on North Umpqua River, OR | Amy Kober Our family spends a lot of time on Oregon’s North Umpqua River. My husband John fishes there. It was the first river we visited with our son, when he was only three weeks old. And now that August is three years old, we love to… Read more »

Mt. Hood Rivers, Oregon

Oregon enjoys a reputation for some of the greatest river ecosystems and river recreation in the country.  Many of these rivers are currently protected under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act—the Rogue, Umpqua, Deschutes, Sandy and Clackamas Rivers.    The “outstandingly remarkable” rivers of Mount   Hood provide clean drinking water and offer fantastic river recreation… 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 »

Just How Outdated is the 1872 Mining Law?

The General Mining Act of 1872 is an antiquated law governing mining on public lands. We need to protect special places that are threatened under this outdated rule.

Rough & Ready and Baldface Creeks Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, D.C. – American Rivers named southern Oregon’s Rough & Ready and Baldface Creeks among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2013 today, shining a national spotlight on nickel mining proposals that threaten a wonderland of wild rivers, clean water, rare plants, and outdoor recreation. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action… Read more »

Conservation Group CEOs Ask Obama Administration to Change Bush Salmon Policy

Washington, DC –The heads of seven major environmental groups today called on the White House to “revisit and substantially improve” Bush administration salmon and dam management policies on the Snake and Columbia rivers.  The letter calls for the Obama administration to consider major changes to federal dam management and river operations “up to and including… Read more »

Bill Introduced to Protect Molalla River as a Wild and Scenic River

Washington – American Rivers, the Molalla River Alliance, and Oregon Wild today applauded Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representative Kurt Schrader (D- OR- 5th) for reintroducing legislation that will protect 22 miles and 7,000 acres along the Molalla River in Oregon as a Wild and Scenic River.  Cosponsors of the Molalla River Wild and Scenic… Read more »

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 »