How Restoring Rivers can Make us More Resilient

Climate change will fundamentally impact our streams and rivers in ways that threaten species, ecosystems, and communities. In the Northwest region, we are already concerned that increased rain and flooding in the winter, coupled with decreasing summer streamflows and smaller mountain snowpacks, will significantly change our rivers’ systems in the coming years and decades.  That… Read more »

Saving rivers — and having fun while we’re at it

There are scores of reasons to protect and restore rivers:  public health, clean drinking water, our shared responsibility to safeguard our natural heritage… the list goes on and on. The reason on my mind today is recreation. It’s summer – prime time for fishing, boating, and swimming in the great outdoors – and a good… Read more »

Watch the final video in our Year of the River series

We released a short film today with our partners at American Whitewater and the Hydropower Reform Coalition  that tells the story of historic dam removal successes on Washington’s Elwha and White Salmon rivers. The seven-minute film premiered at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in January and is the final installment in the “Year of the River” series by… Read more »

2010 Dam Removals

See a full list of dams removed in 2010  See a full list of dams removed/slated for removal in 2009 See our past list of dams removed from 1998-2008 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… Read more »

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 »