The Many Ways Wild and Scenic Designations Help our Rivers

So what exactly do Wild and Scenic River Designations do?  Sure, they prevent  harmful water projects, such as dams, but do they do anything else? To help clarify the many things a Wild and Scenic designation can do, the American Rivers Northwest staff put together a new series of case studies: “Beyond Banning Dams: Benefits… Read more »

A Victory for the Wild and Scenic Illinois River!

Take Action to Protect the Rough and Ready Creek and Baldface Creek Urge the Obama Administration to protect Oregon’s creeks from harmful nickel mining. On June 27th, the Interior Department approved a 20-year extension for a mineral withdrawal along 14 miles of Oregon’s National Wild and Scenic Illinois River. The measure will protect one of… 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 »

Columbia River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2015 2. Columbia River Location: Washington, Oregon Outdated dam operations are putting healthy runs of salmon and other fisheries at risk. Columbia Gorge | Thomas O’Keefe Once home to the largest salmon runs in the world, the mighty Columbia River is now blocked by a series of dams. However, the… Read more »

New Report Highlights Economic Benefits of Wild and Scenic Rogue River

Read the report (PDF) Portland, OR — River-based recreation on the Wild and Scenic Rogue River in 2007 generated $9.8 million in direct spending, and $14 million in total economic output, according to a report by ECONorthwest. The report, commissioned by the Save the Wild Rogue Campaign, analyzed the economic impacts that recreation-related spending (including rafting,… Read more »

Chetco River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC — Expanding plans to mine the Wild and Scenic Chetco River for gold are a threat to the river’s exceptionally clear waters, world class salmon and steelhead populations and popular recreation activities. The instream mining proposal, with suction dredges weighing up to one ton, landed the Chetco in the number seven spot in America’s… Read more »

Happy Birthday Wild and Scenic Rivers!

Happy Birthday to America’s Best Rivers! October 2nd marks the 40th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act which thankfully makes this great law older than I am. The passage of the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968 established one of our nation’s strongest conservation tools for rivers. A year earlier in… Read more »

River Policy Update: 2011 Wrap-Up

Welcome to the first edition of the new and improved “River Policy Update”! This monthly blog series will provide comprehensive and timely updates on federal laws and policies affecting rivers across the country. If you’d like to receive the policy update each month by email, sign up here and fill out the survey to let… Read more »

The Ten Most Endangered Rivers of 2010 – Plus 22 Success Stories!

There are tens of thousands of rivers and streams across our country, and each year only ten make it on to the America’s Most Endangered Rivers list. For 25 years America’s Most Endangered Rivers has been our most highly anticipated report. The 2010 list, released today, spotlights rivers facing a multitude of threats from New… Read more »