Saving rivers — and having fun while we’re at it

There are scores of reasons to protect and restore rivers:  public health, clean drinking water, our shared responsibility to safeguard our natural heritage… the list goes on and on. The reason on my mind today is recreation. It’s summer – prime time for fishing, boating, and swimming in the great outdoors – and a good… Read more »

Illabot Creek, Washington

Over the past several years, American Rivers has been working with The Nature Conservancy and other partners to ensure that Illabot Creek remains wild and free-flowing forever. In February 2013, a bill to designate 14.3 miles of Illabot Creek (H.R. 829) as a component of the National Wild and Scenic River System was introduced by… Read more »

Alpine Lakes, Washington

Less than an hour’s drive from downtown Seattle, the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River basin is one of King County’s last truly wild places, with old-growth forests, alpine lakes and peaks, whitewater rivers, strong native trout runs, and healthy populations of bear, elk, and cougar. Accessible to a population of over three million people and treasured… Read more »

Natural Security Report

In our new report, Natural Security: How Sustainable Water Strategies are Preparing Communities for a Changing Climate, we name eight of the nation’s top cities that are using green solutions to prepare for the droughts and floods that are coming with climate change.

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 »

Obama Administration Supports the Illabot Designation

The Obama Administration announced yesterday that it also supports adding Illabot Creek to the Wild and Scenic River System. Representative Rick Larsen and Senator Patty Murray  have recently introduced legislation that would do just that. Illabot Creek, a tributary of the Skagit River, is a special haven for eagles and its protection is also important to… Read more »

The Hemlock Dam is Coming Down

It’s an exciting summer for steelhead in the Wind River watershed, WA. Starting this week, a dam removal is taking place all summer long on Trout Creek, a tributary to the Wind River, located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The Hemlock Dam Removal is the result of many years of hard work building partnerships… Read more »

Fish runs, public safety will improve thanks to removal of Hemlock Dam

Portland, OR- American Rivers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today applauded the U.S. Forest Service and other partners on the upcoming removal of the 26-foot high Hemlock Dam on Trout Creek, a tributary to the Wind River.  The project begins this week with the rescue and removal of fish from the dam… Read more »