Collaborative Plan Provides Vision for Nooksack River

Upper Nooksack River, WA | Scott Willison It is such a thrill to complete a project! Especially a two and half year collaborative, planning project that involves several organizations, governments and individuals who have spent hundreds of hours in meetings, on field tours and site assessments, and researching and writing detailed information. It gives me… Read more »

Help Thank Our Wild and Scenic River Champions

Sen. Murray and Congressman Reichert at press event after introducing legislation | Thomas O’Keefe Last November I wrote about what gratitude meant to me and how I would be forever grateful if Congress were to pass legislation for new Wild and Scenic River designations for Washington State. Well…the River Gods must have been listening! In… 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 »

Washington’s River Renaissance

Today’s post is a guest blog by Tom Uniack with Washington Wild. This blog is part of our series featuring the rivers protected by Congress in December 2014, including those designated as Wild and Scenic Rivers. Pratt River | Thomas O’Keefe On December 19, 2014, President Barack Obama signed into law legislation that formally designated the Pratt River… Read more »

Illabot Creek

Today’s post is a guest blog by Bob Carey, Strategic Partnerships Director, The Nature Conservancy in Washington.This blog is part of our series featuring the rivers protected by Congress in December 2014, including those designated as Wild and Scenic Rivers Canoeing on the Skagit River | Bob Carey Most of us who have spent time in the Pacific… 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 »

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 »

Winter Is Coming

Winter is just around the corner here in Washington D.C. Temperatures are dropping, we had our first snow, and every day my fellow bike commuters are bundling up even more.   On these cold mornings I like to think back to warmer months out on the water.  This summer I traveled to the Elkhorn Slough in… Read more »

Major river protection package advances in Congress

New protections for rivers in Colorado, Delaware, Montana, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Washington Washington – Seven rivers in five states are one step closer to permanent Wild and Scenic protection thanks to a package of bills that the House of Representatives approved today.  It is the first time in five years that the House has… Read more »

One Step Closer to Permanent Protection

M. Fork Snoqualmie River | Thomas O’Keefe Three wild, free-flowing rivers in Washington State are one step closer to permanent protection under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act: the Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Pratt rivers and Illabot Creek. The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Thursday, December 4th to pass the National Defense Authorization Act… Read more »