Protecting Clean Water in Washington, One Permit (or Three) at a Time

Do your eyes glaze over immediately at the word “permit”? Although they might not be the most stimulating of conversation starters, Clean Water Act permits are critical to the protection and restoration of clean rivers, lakes, and streams. By setting limits for what can be released into our waterways, these permits essentially act as the… Read more »

Sunset Magazine Feature on Western Rivers

The March 2008 issue of Sunset Magazine includes a story on the West’s rivers, featuring yours truly, and water experts from around the region. It started back in the fall with a western water roundtable at Sunset’s office in California. They recorded the lively conversation and the magazine includes exerpts. The magazine also featured three… Read more »

Year of the River Video Project: White Salmon Restoration

I love this video. I love these two amazing women – Heather Herbeck, a whitewater guide and kayak instructor at Wet Planet, and Phyllis Clausen, who lived on the river for 30 years, volunteered with Friends of the White Salmon, and spearheaded river restoration and protection efforts. This is the second video in our Year… Read more »

Alpine Lakes, Washington

In December 2014, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act, which designated the upper 27.4 miles of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie and the entire 9.5-mile Pratt River as Wild and Scenic Rivers. The Act also added 22,100 acres to the… Read more »

Washington’s White River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014

www.americanrivers.org/WhiteRiverWA Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named Washington’s White River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014 today, shining a national spotlight on the impacts of two Army Corps dams on salmon and steelhead runs and river health. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save rivers that are at a… 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 Salmon Plan Fails to Address Effects of Dams, Global Warming

View global warming map (PDF) WASHINGTON, DC – Today a coalition of environmental and fishing organizations, including American Rivers, sued the National Marine Fisheries Service over the 2008 Biological Opinion, or Salmon Plan, on the Columbia and Snake river dams. The new Salmon Plan is the third attempt by NMFS in eight years to submit a… Read more »

Communities Improving Public Safety through River Restoration

Washington, DC – American Rivers today released the new film, “Restoring America’s Rivers: Preparing for the Future,” which tells the inspiring story of how community leaders around the country are improving public safety and solving problems like flooding by restoring rivers and working with nature, not against it. The film examines four communities in New… Read more »

Lower Snake River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington — Four dams on the lower Snake River are driving salmon to the brink of extinction while preventing the Northwest from embracing 21st century energy and transportation opportunities. This threat landed the lower Snake in the number three spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers: 2009 edition. American Rivers and its partners called on the… Read more »

Helping the River Run Free

For two decades, American Rivers has worked with our partners to remove the nearly 100-year-old, 125-foot Condit dam and restore the White Salmon River. Now, an agreement has been reached to remove the dam later this year. This removal is a big step in allowing the White Salmon River to once again be home to… Read more »