Green Infrastructure Moves forward in Congress

Recent and devastating flooding the along the Mississippi has emphasized the need to strengthen our natural defenses.  While the floods we’ve just seen result from many causes, including the destruction of small streams and wetlands upstream, overdevelopment of our cities is another cause. In urbanized areas with hard surfaces like roads and parking lots, rainwater… Read more »

The Many Ways Wild and Scenic Designations Help our Rivers

So what exactly do Wild and Scenic River Designations do?  Sure, they prevent  harmful water projects, such as dams, but do they do anything else? To help clarify the many things a Wild and Scenic designation can do, the American Rivers Northwest staff put together a new series of case studies: “Beyond Banning Dams: Benefits… Read more »

A Victory for the Wild and Scenic Illinois River!

Take Action to Protect the Rough and Ready Creek and Baldface Creek Urge the Obama Administration to protect Oregon’s creeks from harmful nickel mining. On June 27th, the Interior Department approved a 20-year extension for a mineral withdrawal along 14 miles of Oregon’s National Wild and Scenic Illinois River. The measure will protect one of… Read more »

Rogue-Smith Rivers

America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2015 7. Rogue and Smith Rivers Location: Oregon, California Nickel strip mining is proposed near the Rogue and Smith River watersheds. They need to be protected from mining through a federal mineral withdrawal. Rainie Falls – Rogue River, Oregon | Tim Palmer Update: Thanks to all of you dedicated River… Read more »

New Report Highlights Economic Benefits of Wild and Scenic Rogue River

Read the report (PDF) Portland, OR — River-based recreation on the Wild and Scenic Rogue River in 2007 generated $9.8 million in direct spending, and $14 million in total economic output, according to a report by ECONorthwest. The report, commissioned by the Save the Wild Rogue Campaign, analyzed the economic impacts that recreation-related spending (including rafting,… Read more »

Chetco River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC — Expanding plans to mine the Wild and Scenic Chetco River for gold are a threat to the river’s exceptionally clear waters, world class salmon and steelhead populations and popular recreation activities. The instream mining proposal, with suction dredges weighing up to one ton, landed the Chetco in the number seven spot in America’s… Read more »

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 »