Alpine Lakes Legislation Clears House Committee

Snoqualmie River, WA | Tom O’Keefe WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Natural Resources Committee passed by voice vote a handful of public lands bills including the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act (H.R. 361). The committee action marks the next step in a bill’s road to becoming… 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 »

Bush Administration’s Salmon Plan Falls Short

Seattle, WA – The Bush administration today released its revised salmon management plan for the Columbia and Snake rivers. This latest salmon plan calls for less protective operation of federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers than have been ordered in recent years by a federal court. The plan also gives only superficial treatment… Read more »

Contract for Largest Dam Removal in US History to be Awarded Today

Seattle – The effort to restore a free-flowing Elwha River will reach a critical milestone today, as the National Park Service awards the contract for construction work to remove two outdated dams. Deconstruction will begin in 2011. Brett Swift, Northwest Regional Director for American Rivers, made the following statement: “This is a critical milestone in… Read more »

How Quickly a River Recovers

I last wrote about the Hemlock Dam located on Trout Creek in Washington state in August, when the dam removal was completed by the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, with funding from American Rivers, NOAA, and numerous other partners. Along with the dam removal, the stream channel of Trout Creek was also redesigned and restored at… Read more »

Restore the White Salmon: keep Condit Dam removal on track for 2011

2011 is the Year of the River, with unprecedented dam removal and river restoration projects happening nationwide. This is one of a series of posts where we’ll be celebrating dam removal successes and updating you on current dam removal efforts.   There is tremendous momentum and agreement to remove the 100 year old Condit Dam… Read more »

The Beautiful Sky

Today’s guest blog for our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series is a story of love for the South Fork Skykomish River from Jeff Smith, a local resident: Take Action to Protect theSkykomish River Tell Congress to support restoration and long-term planning on the Missouri River! The Skykomish River flows from a distant vault in time… Read more »

Rafting on the Recently Restored White Salmon River

Exposed bank of the former reservoir on the White Salmon River, WA – notice the old boat | American Rivers On Saturday I rafted the White Salmon River. With Condit Dam completely gone, the river is now free-flowing from its source high up in the snow-melt streams of Mount Adams all the way to the… Read more »