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 »

Exploring Zach Collier’s Important Place

Kalmiopsis Country out in Oregon and California contains wild rivers that are threatened by mining. Zach Collier, a local outfitter, talks about why he loves this important place.

American Rivers and NOAA Award $290,000 to Restore Rivers and Improve Fish Passage in Six States

 Washington, D.C. – Rivers and fisheries nationwide are getting a boost, thanks to a partnership between American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restoration Center. $290,000 in Community-based Habitat Restoration Program Partnership grants were awarded this year to reconnect fragmented river habitat, improve river health and… Read more »

It’s Official: Removing Klamath Dams Saves Money for Power Customers

Salem, OR – Today the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) – the Oregon agency charged with protecting utility customers – formally ruled, after months of investigation, that the proposed Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA) is indeed in the best interests of PacifiCorp ratepayers as well as the cheapest alternative for the company. The basis of… Read more »

A Pivotal Hearing for the Columbia and Snake Rivers

This coming Monday there is a court hearing that will help determine the future of the Columbia and Snake rivers and their salmon. At stake is the legality of a plan for operating the federal dams on the Columbia and lower Snake — American Rivers and its allies argue that the plan isn’t strong enough… Read more »