Happy Birthday Wild and Scenic Rivers!

Happy Birthday to America’s Best Rivers! October 2nd marks the 40th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act which thankfully makes this great law older than I am. The passage of the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968 established one of our nation’s strongest conservation tools for rivers. A year earlier in… Read more »

River Policy Update: 2011 Wrap-Up

Welcome to the first edition of the new and improved “River Policy Update”! This monthly blog series will provide comprehensive and timely updates on federal laws and policies affecting rivers across the country. If you’d like to receive the policy update each month by email, sign up here and fill out the survey to let… Read more »

The Ten Most Endangered Rivers of 2010 – Plus 22 Success Stories!

There are tens of thousands of rivers and streams across our country, and each year only ten make it on to the America’s Most Endangered Rivers list. For 25 years America’s Most Endangered Rivers has been our most highly anticipated report. The 2010 list, released today, spotlights rivers facing a multitude of threats from New… Read more »

Rough and Ready and Baldface Creeks

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2013: Rough & Ready and Baldface Creeks Oregon At Risk: Pristine rivers, wilderness, botanical diversity, and recreation Threat: Nickel mining Rough & Ready Creek, OR | Barbara Ullian Save Oregon’s Rough & Ready and Baldface Creeks from Destructive Nickel Mining Urge the Obama Administration to protect this unique wild land,… Read more »

Protect the threatened Rogue, Smith, and Illinois Rivers

Today’s blog is by Kyle Ashby, American Rivers’ Wild Rivers Campaign Coordinator Rogue River | John Bruckman This week, Oregon Senators Wyden and Merkley along with Representatives DeFazio(OR) and Huffman(OR) lead the charge towards protecting the highest concentration of Wild and Scenic Rivers in the contiguous United States. The Smith, Rogue, and Illinois Rivers are… Read more »

Congress Moves to Safeguard the Wild Rogue River and Other Oregon Treasures

Portland, OR – Tributaries of the lower Rogue River and other recreational hotspots in western Oregon will be permanently protected by the “Oregon Treasures” legislation introduced today by Representatives Peter DeFazio and Earl Blumenauer and Senator Ron Wyden. The legislation will protect 143 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers in the lower Rogue River watershed, an… Read more »

U.S. House Passes Bill to Protect Molalla River as a Wild and Scenic River

Washington – Today, in a 291-133 bipartisan vote, the House of Representatives approved legislation to designate the Molalla River as a federal Wild and Scenic River.  American Rivers and the Molalla River Alliance applauded Representative Kurt Schrader, (D- OR- 5th), for sponsoring the legislation that will protect 22 miles and 7,000 acres of riverside land… Read more »

Coalition documents Obama’s ghoulish salmon plan

PORTLAND, Ore. – A coalition of fishing, business, and conservation organizations asked a federal judge today to declare President Obama’s Columbia and Snake river salmon recovery plan illegal. “We’d like to pretend this plan is just a ‘trick’ and the ‘treat’ is still to come,” said Michael Garrity of American Rivers. “But we can’t. We’ve… Read more »

Help Cleanup the “Soon to be Wild and Scenic” Molalla River

I like to think of the Molalla River as the prettiest river you’ve never heard of. It’s truly a hidden gem, originating in the headwaters of the Table Rock Wilderness and tumbling through old growth forest on its way to join the Willamette River, 50 miles from Portland, Oregon. Its cold waters provide drinking water… Read more »