A Pivotal Hearing for the Columbia and Snake Rivers

This coming Monday there is a court hearing that will help determine the future of the Columbia and Snake rivers and their salmon. At stake is the legality of a plan for operating the federal dams on the Columbia and lower Snake — American Rivers and its allies argue that the plan isn’t strong enough… Read more »

Making Our Communities SAFE

The increasing trends of extreme weather we’ve seen over the last couple of years have just been confirmed; last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) new report found that the number of extreme events: increasing temperature, drought, rainfall and flooding, are in fact long term trends, so we’d all better get ready! Preparing… Read more »

Seeing *is* believing

Working out of our headquarters office doesn’t always provide as many opportunities to actually get out in the field as some of us would like. However, I do feel blessed that my position with the River Restoration program gives me more chances than most. Earlier this month one such opportunity arose. With the arrival of… Read more »

World’s biggest river restoration kicks off Thurs at official ceremony in Oregon

This Thursday, the world’s largest river restoration and dam removal effort will be officially kicked off at a signing ceremony in Salem, Oregon. The president of American Rivers, Rebecca Wodder, will join Interior Secretary Salazar, Oregon Governor  Kulongoski, and California Governor Schwarzenegger to sign historic agreements to mount an unprecedented restoration effort on the Klamath… 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 »

Clean Water or Clearcuts for Oregon?

This story originally ran on National Geographic’s WaterCurrents blog. North Umpqua River, OR | © Paul Colangelo/ILCP Big decisions are looming for management of 2.8 million acres of Oregon’s public forestlands – an area covering the size of more than eight Crater Lake National Parks. Because legislation concerning management of the so-called O&C lands could… Read more »

April Showers Bring May Flowers – And Vernal Pools

Vernal Pool | Nicholas Tonelli April showers bring May flowers – and vernal pools, if you live in California or Southern Oregon. Vernal pools are seasonal depressional wetlands that fill up with rainwater during winter and spring, but may be dry for part of the year. They are typically found on the West Coast, especially… Read more »

President Obama Signs Historic Wild and Scenic River Bill into Law

Washington, DC – American Rivers applauded President Barack Obama today for signing into the law the second largest Wild and Scenic Rivers package in history. The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 designates 86 new Wild and Scenic Rivers, totaling over 1,100 miles in Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Wyoming, Utah, California, and Massachusetts. The legislation… Read more »

American Rivers Releases List of 2010 Dam Removals

Washington DC – American Rivers, the leading conservation organization fighting for healthy rivers so communities can thrive, today announced its annual list of 60 dams that were removed in 2010, benefitting hundreds of miles of rivers nationwide. The list includes obsolete dams in California, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio,… Read more »

A Wild Chetco Adventure

Summer is a great time for river adventures.  Floating down a Wild and Scenic River in areas where few people ever go is a thrilling endeavor. In 2010, we listed the Wild and Scenic Chetco River in Oregon as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™. One of our partners on the Chetco listing, wild rivers enthusiast Ann Vileisis,… Read more »