Salmon, stormwater and streets – a toxic mix

Alan Lande, KUOW 94.9 Public Radio Have you ever seen one of those fish drawings near the street on a storm drain – a stencil saying something like, “don’t dump, drains to stream.” And even though you might think of salmon as all living in pristine, beautiful rivers, it turns out that polluted stormwater runoff… Read more »

Washington Rivers Eligible for Wild and Scenic Designation

Washington is fortunate to be home to six Wild and Scenic Rivers — the Skagit, Sauk, Cascade, Suiattle, Klickitat, and White Salmon — but there are at least 100 additional rivers across the state that are eligible for Wild and Scenic designation. See a list or view a map of the rivers.  American Rivers is focusing our Wild and Scenic work… Read more »

Celebrating the Protection of Washington’s Teanaway River!

Teanaway River ribbon cutting | © Tom Ring Washington state’s picturesque Teanaway River Valley — home to wolves, elk, salmon, and steelhead trout as well as limitless hiking, mountain biking, backcountry skiing and fishing opportunities – is permanently protected from development as of October 1st.  Instead of facing a future of resorts and ranchettes, over… Read more »

What’s Happening on America’s Most Endangered Rivers?

In April, American Rivers released our annual report on America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, drawing attention to significant threats facing our rivers. We have been working hard in recent months to encourage progress on these critical issues, and some highlights from that work are mentioned below. San Joaquin River drying up at San Mateo Road |… Read more »

Major Step Forward for Yakima Basin Water Supply and River Restoration Plan

Upper Cle Elum sockeye salmon | William Meyer, WDFW SEATTLE – A groundbreaking plan to address water supply and river restoration in the Pacific Northwest got a major boost today with the introduction of legislation to help ensure reliable water supplies for fish, farms, and families. The legislation will support efforts to make droughts like… Read more »

Administration’s Columbia Basin salmon plan is another failure

NOTE: Read our initial analysis, Five reasons why the new Columbia-Snake salmon plan is a failure Seattle, WA – As the Bush administration released another scientifically inadequate salmon plan for the Columbia and Snake rivers today, American Rivers called on Northwest leaders to convene the people of the basin to consider sustainable, long-term solutions for… Read more »

American Rivers statement on planned retirement of Congressman Norm Dicks

One of the nation’s strongest champions for clean water and healthy rivers, Washington Congressman Norm Dicks, announced Friday that he will retire from the U. S. House of Representatives at the end of the 112th Congress. The President of American Rivers, Bob Irvin, made the following statement: “Congressman Norm Dicks is a true defender of… Read more »

Blast from the Past: 1993 Video of Condit Dam Hearing

One of our partners on Washington’s White Salmon River, Daniel Dancer, shared this video from 1993, with news and public hearing footage about the Condit Dam removal effort.  I couldn’t help but get a little choked up watching the kids (who are now in their early/mid 20’s!) bust through the dam. This old video is… Read more »

Is Your Favorite River Endangered This Year?

Guess what rivers are the most endangered this year?  If you live in this state alphabet soup, you might see a nearby river in the news on May 15: CO, DC, GA, IA, KS, MD, MO, MT, ND, NE, OH, PA, SD, UT, VA, WA, WV, and WY Are you wondering what issues we will… Read more »

River Policy Update: 2011 Wrap-Up

Welcome to the first edition of the new and improved “River Policy Update”! This monthly blog series will provide comprehensive and timely updates on federal laws and policies affecting rivers across the country. If you’d like to receive the policy update each month by email, sign up here and fill out the survey to let… Read more »