Senator Merkley on the Molalla River

On a wet, green spring day this week I joined several of our Molalla River Alliance partners and Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley (D) for a short rafting trip along the Molalla River. From its headwaters beyond Table Rock Wilderness in the Cascade Range, the crystal-clear and biologically diverse Molalla River tumbles through forests to its confluence… Read more »

Time-Lapse of the Marmot Dam Removal (USGS)

The biggest dam removal in the Northwest in over 40 years happened in the Sandy River Basin, starting with the removal of the Marmot Dam in 2007.  This removal was followed by the removal of Little Sandy dam on the Little Sandy River in 2008. American Rivers helped negotiate this important dam removal and river… Read more »

Molalla Wild and Scenic Legislation Ranks in National Environmental Scorecard

It is really great to see the recent rankings of the 2009 National Environmental Scorecard, compiled by the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which listed Oregon’s Molalla River Wild and Scenic legislation as number 11 out of 14 in a national short list of commendable environmental legislation in the 111th Congress. We have been working closely… Read more »

American Rivers signs agreements for world’s largest river restoration project

Washington, DC — It’s official. After years of negotiations, American Rivers will join Interior Secretary Salazar, Oregon Governor Kulongoski, and California Governor Schwarzenegger today to sign historic agreements to mount an unprecedented restoration effort on the Klamath River, one of America’s greatest river systems. In what will be the world’s biggest dam removal project, the… Read more »

World’s biggest river restoration kicks off Thurs at official ceremony in Oregon

This Thursday, the world’s largest river restoration and dam removal effort will be officially kicked off at a signing ceremony in Salem, Oregon. The president of American Rivers, Rebecca Wodder, will join Interior Secretary Salazar, Oregon Governor  Kulongoski, and California Governor Schwarzenegger to sign historic agreements to mount an unprecedented restoration effort on the Klamath… Read more »

American Rivers stands by Klamath restoration agreements

Nevada City, CA — Responding to news reports today that a single conservation organization is retreating from comprehensive agreements to restore the Klamath River that are supported by two governors, the Obama Administration, three tribes, several counties, dozens of agricultural districts and numerous other conservation groups, American Rivers issued the following statement by Steve Rothert,… Read more »

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 »

Save the Wild Rogue

This week former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and former Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury sounded an urgent call to action to protect Oregon’s Rogue River.  Their opinion editorial ran in the Oregonian. In 1968, the Rogue was one of the first Wild and Scenic Rivers in the nation, but this iconic river and its… Read more »

Klamath Settlement Agreements Finalized

Nevada City, CA – Today, after years of difficult negotiations, the diverse group of dozens of stakeholders released the final Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA). Finalizing the agreement marks a major milestone toward solving the challenges of restoring the Klamath Basin and settling the many disputes concerning water and fisheries resources. The KBRA complements the… Read more »