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 »

Oregon and California (“O&C”) Lands

click image to view full infographic The future of 2.6 million acres of high value public forest lands is at risk. Managed mainly by the Bureau of Land Management in Oregon known as Oregon and California (“O&C”) lands [PDF], these forests are home to perhaps the highest concentrations of pristine wild rivers in the United… 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 »

Stearns Dam Removal, Crooked River, Oregon

In October 2013, Stearns Dam joined a list of other note-worthy Pacific Northwest dams: Elwha, Condit, Marmot and Savage Rapids when it was removed from the Crooked River. This project to restore fish passage and river processes to the Crooked River had been in development for 10 years. Implementation was realized with the assistance of… Read more »

See How Rivers Connect Us – River Mapping

This is a guest blog from American Rivers’ intern, Madelaine Pierce. Now you can trace your local river to learn more about its impact to your community | © NationalAtlas.gov The earliest known maps date back to before 16,500 BC, depicting simple images of the heavens and skies. Today, we can enjoy a wide variety… 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 »

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 »