Beyond Banning Dams: Wild and Scenic Designations

Read the full report (PDF) INTRODUCTION The movement to protect the nation’s remaining free-flowing rivers was born out of America’s “big dam” era from the 1930s to the 1960s. Concerned at the rapid pace of development of many of the country’s rivers for power, flood control, and irrigation, people across the United States acted to ensure… Read more »

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 »

Innovative Water Management in the Northwest

The Northwest’s magnificent rivers are the lifeblood of natural ecosystems and human communities. We cannot take our rivers and fresh water for granted. Climate change, population growth, and the increasing value of water as a marketable commodity have led to calls for new water supply reservoirs and more water withdrawals from rivers, both of which… 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 »

Lower Snake River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington — Four dams on the lower Snake River are driving salmon to the brink of extinction while preventing the Northwest from embracing 21st century energy and transportation opportunities. This threat landed the lower Snake in the number three spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers: 2009 edition. American Rivers and its partners called on the… Read more »

Molalla River, Oregon

American Rivers is working with the Molalla River Alliance to pursue Wild and Scenic designation for almost 22 miles and 7,000 acres of the Molalla River and surrounding riverside lands. The river is nestled in the Willamette Valley, only 50 miles from Portland, Oregon.  From its headwaters beyond Table Rock Wilderness in the Cascade Range, the crystal-clear… 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 »

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 »

Wild Rogue River, Oregon

The Rogue River is one of the most iconic rivers in the United States, providing freshwater habitat to enormous ocean-going salmon runs and possessing flora and fauna diversity unmatched anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. The Rogue’s outstanding values are nationally recognized, and the river was one of the original eight rivers designated under the Wild… Read more »

America’s Most Endangered Rivers Report: 2008 Edition

(April 2008) Fifteen years ago, in November 1992, 1,700 of the world’s leading scientists, including the  majority of Nobel laureates in the sciences, issued an ominous warning to the world: “No more than one or a fewdecades remain before the chance to avert the threats we now confront will be lost and the prospects for… Read more »