Stimulus funding can improve public health, clean water in Oregon

(Washington, DC) – Oregon is ready to take a big step forward into the 21st century.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has made available $15 million in funding in the form of a set-aside for green infrastructure, and water and energy efficiency projects.  American Rivers conducted a quick survey around the country… Read more »

DEQ Report is Wake-Up Call that Healthy Forests are Necessary for Clean Drinking Water

(Portland) – American Rivers highlighted a report released today by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Drinking Water Protection Program as proof that Coast Range communities need healthy forests if they want clean drinking water. The report entitled “Turbidity Analysis for Oregon Public Drinking Water Systems: Water Quality in Coast Range Drinking Water Source Areas”… Read more »

A Look Back in Honor of National Water Quality Month

Willamette River, OR before the Clean Water Act | Oregon State University Archives I’ve never known a time without a Clean Water Act in the United States. This became particularly clear to me after watching footage from Oregon State University’s archives of the Willamette River in the 1930s and 1940. While I’ve seen water pollution… Read more »

Making Hydropower Dams Work Better

Reintroducing steelhead fry | Credit: Hydropower Reform Coalition It’s a good year for rivers. Last week, the National Park Service began chipping away at the Glines Canyon and Elwha Dams. When the dams are removed in 2-3 years, it’ll be the culmination of a nearly 30-year effort to restore the Elwha River and its fisheries…. Read more »

Sediment Behind Klamath River Dams Not Harmful

On August 12, federal scientists released data indicating that sediment stored behind the Klamath River dams targeted for removal do not pose a threat to communities or the river. Scientists tested for mercury, PCBs, dioxins, and other harmful substances. You can read the data from the latest study here.  This federal study confirms the findings… Read more »

What’s Your Favorite River Beer?

What’s your favorite river beer? My colleague Kavita just came back from a meeting in southern Oregon where she learned that Rogue Ales and Spirits of Newport, Oregon will soon release “Restoration Redd Ale” to benefit salmon habitat restoration efforts (for you non-Northwesterners, a redd is a salmon “nest” in the bed of a river)…. 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 »

Day in the Life: Denise Hoffert-Hay, River Restoration Program

Sterns Dam, Crooked River, OR | © Scott Wright, P.E., River Design Group 7:00PM A site visit to a dam in Central Oregon starts the night before with packing the field rig, putting together the details that make a difference when a site is more than three hours from the office: camera battery charged, boots… Read more »

Autopsy of a Dam Removal: Stearns Dam

Stearns Dam, During Construction, Crooked River, OR | Denise Hoffert-Hay This blog is a part of our ongoing series this month on the Challenges of River Restoration. One of our goals at American Rivers is to make dam removal accessible— to make it something that local watershed groups, state natural resource agencies, and others feel… Read more »

Hydropower solutions: Deschutes River

American Rivers and our partners worked to improve the operation of the Pelton Round Butte hydropower project on the Deschutes River in Oregon, creating benefits for the river’s health, fish, and anglers. Learn more about our river restoration work around dams at www.AmericanRivers.org/Dams