Congress passes wild & scenic legislation

In a rare stroke of bi-partisanship the U.S. Senate today passed the most significant piece of legislation to protect new Wild and Scenic Rivers in over five years.  With the Senate passing legislation identical to a bill passed by the U.S House last week Congress can agree on something—river protections are good public policy when… Read more »

Rep. DeFazio and Sen. Wyden Introduce New Legislation to Protect the Rogue

Portland, OR – American Rivers today applauded Representative Peter DeFazio and Senator Wyden for introducing legislation that would designate 40 Rogue River tributaries as Wild and Scenic Rivers.  The legislation, known as H.R. 2890/S. 1271, would protect 143 river miles and over 78,000 acres of riverside land. The Wild Rogue is among the nation’s most… Read more »

Gold Ray Dam on the Rogue River is coming out!

After years of analysis and negotiation, Gold Ray dam is coming out this summer! Gold Ray Dam on the Rogue River is an old hydroelectric dam that has not been used for power generation for several decades, but has been a significant barrier to salmon and steelhead migration on the Rogue River. The Rogue is one of… Read more »

Still Time for Rivers to Benefit in the Lame Duck

I have a sense of déjà vu this month as another session of Congress quickly comes to a close with a logjam of un-passed water and land bills still awaiting votes in the Senate. Just like late in 2008, the House and Senate Committees have approved dozens of environmental bills that will significantly benefit rivers,… Read more »

Two Special Southern Oregon Creeks

Today’s guest blog about the #8 Rough & Ready and Baldface Creeks- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Zachary Collier, owner of the Northwest Rafting Company in Hood River, Oregon.  Zachary is an avid paddler working on a multi-year project to document the wild area in and around the Kalmiopsis… 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 »

New Wild and Scenic Rivers protected by the President

Trout River, VT | John Little Last month President Obama signed into law the most significant river conservation bill in almost six years including protecting a slew of new Wild and Scenic Rivers. The legislation conserves 140 miles of new rivers along with 17,000 acres of important riverside land in Washington, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Vermont, and Oregon. The legislation also permanently protected watersheds… Read more »