Holiday Spirit on the Rogue

Rogue River | Kavita Heyn, American Rivers Well it’s that time of year again and Santa is double checking his list to see who has been naughty and nice. I want to help Santa out a little and recommend that a number of Oregon Congressman and Senators make the nice list. Congressmen DeFazio, Schrader and… 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 »

Help protect the Wild and Scenic Chetco River against mining

The Wild and Scenic Chetco River has stunning emerald-green and turquoise waters, amazing recreational opportunities, and provides clean drinking water to over 20,000 people in Brookings and Harbor in southern Oregon. It also hosts runs of massive King/chinook salmon, and the Chetco fishery is an important economic engine for surrounding communities. The Chetco was recently… Read more »

White Salmon River to run free tomorrow with breach of Condit Dam

Portland, OR – The restoration of Washington’s White Salmon River will begin with a boom Wednesday, when a hole is blasted in the base of the 100 year old Condit Dam. The event will mark a significant milestone for river restoration regionally and nationally. A live feed of the blast, scheduled for approximately noon Pacific… Read more »

Salmon and much more along the Rogue River

Last weekend I hiked down to Rainie Falls on the Wild and Scenic Rogue River to watch salmon make their always impressive upstream migration. Myself, a friend and numerous “fish-watchers” were not disappointed. Hiking down to falls would be a worthwhile endeavor even without the reward of Rainie Falls. The trail, at times rough, yet… 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 »

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 »

Court ruling is a win for healthy rivers, salmon, and communities

Portland – A ruling today by federal Judge James A. Redden delivered a major victory for the Columbia and Snake rivers, imperiled salmon and steelhead runs, and Northwest communities. American Rivers, a plaintiff in the long-standing case, applauded the ruling that opens the door to comprehensive solutions surrounding dam operations and salmon recovery. Judge Redden… 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 »