Better stream crossings make for safer roads during storms

Here in the Northeast we saw a lot of damage to roads and streams from Hurricane Irene in Vermont, Massachusetts and New York. In many places, road-stream crossings such as bridges and culverts were over topped and washed out, leaving large gaps in our road maps, some of which are still being repaired months later…. Read more »

Congress passes wild & scenic legislation

In a rare stroke of bi-partisanship the U.S. Senate today passed the most significant piece of legislation to protect new Wild and Scenic Rivers in over five years.  With the Senate passing legislation identical to a bill passed by the U.S House last week Congress can agree on something—river protections are good public policy when… Read more »

Explore the America’s Rivers through “River Stories”

See The Stories Take a virtual tour down America’s rivers! Ever wonder what it’s like to travel down some of America’s most scenic rivers? American Rivers, the National Park Service, and local conservation and recreation groups across the country have teamed up to create, “River Stories.” Powered by National Geographic Maps GeoStories, “River Stories” uses… Read more »

New Wild and Scenic Rivers protected by the President

Trout River, VT | John Little Last month President Obama signed into law the most significant river conservation bill in almost six years including protecting a slew of new Wild and Scenic Rivers. The legislation conserves 140 miles of new rivers along with 17,000 acres of important riverside land in Washington, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Vermont, and Oregon. The legislation also permanently protected watersheds… Read more »

How Long Will Mt. Hood’s Rivers Have to Wait?

For all of us who have waited to see Wild and Scenic protections finally provided to some of Mount Hood’s wildest rivers, well, this week’s vote in the House of Representatives means we will just have to wait a little bit longer. The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 would have safeguarded over 1,100… Read more »

72 Dams removed in 2014

Download the 2014 Dam Removals list [PDF] Download a comprehensive list of dams removed 1998-2014 [PDF] Explore the interactive map of all dam removals (Washington) — Communities in 19 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 72 dams in 2014, restoring more than 730 miles of streams for the… Read more »

Hurricane Irene Underscores Need For Better Preparation

Over the past week Mother Nature has done a fine job of reminding those of us on the East Coast that she’s the one that’s really in charge. Between the earthquake that shocked us all, and Hurricane Irene still wreaking havoc as it moves up the east coast, we’re reminded that as much as we… Read more »

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wants to Protect Arctic Refuge Wild Rivers

Hulahula River, Alaska | © Judith Slein (flickr) This week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommended designating 278 miles of four major wild rivers in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, the Atigun, Marsh Fork of the Canning, the Kongakut and, the Hulahula, as Wild and Scenic Rivers.  The agency found six additional… Read more »

Removing Dufresnse Dam on the Battenkill will restore trout habitat

See more photos of the Dufresne Dam. Brian Graber of our River Restoration Program tours the Dufresne Dam site on the Battenkill in Manchester, Vermont, which is planned for removal in summer 2012. The Battenkill is a popular cold water fishery with the Orvis flagship store also in Manchester. The Dufresne Dam is owned by… Read more »

First Wild and Scenic Rivers in Vermont

Today we highlight another of the new Wild and Scenic Rivers that were designated recently by Congress.  The Missisquoi and Trout Rivers became the first Wild and Scenic Rivers in Vermont.  These are another example of the Partnership Rivers model, a collaboration between local communities and the National Park Service to protect and mange Wild… Read more »