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 »

Several Rivers Move Closer to Permanent Protection

Yesterday was a big day for rivers as the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved several Wild and Scenic River bills by unanimous consent.  American Rivers has been working with local communities and river groups to develop proposals and advocating on Capitol Hill for several of of these rivers, including the the Molalla River in Oregon and the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River,… Read more »

What will the Elwha dam removal mean for whitewater boating?

Guest blog post by Tom O’Keefe Tom O’Keefe is the Pacific Northwest stewardship director for American Whitewater. I’m excited about the Elwha River restoration because it will offer new opportunities to enjoy the recreational opportunities of a restored river. The Elwha River is unique among rivers of the Olympic Peninsula as it cuts through several… Read more »

2010 Dam Removals

See a full list of dams removed in 2010  See a full list of dams removed/slated for removal in 2009 See our past list of dams removed from 1998-2008 American Rivers, the leading conservation organization fighting for healthy rivers so communities can thrive, today announced its annual list of 60 dams that were removed in… Read more »

Announcing America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014!

#1 Most Endangered River is the San Joaquin, CA | © Sarah Craig The time has come! Today, American Rivers is announcing our report on America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014! And the Most Endangered River in the nation this year is: SAN JOAQUIN RIVER (California)! Outdated water management and excessive diversions, compounded by the… Read more »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 »

One year later, Washington’s clean water benefits from stimulus spending

Washington, DC – Communities across Washington are reaping the benefits of federal economic stimulus funds, one year after President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law. American Rivers helped secure the $6 billion for clean water and drinking water, including $1.2 billion in specific funding for green infrastructure and water efficiency. American… Read more »

Flood Insurance Reform Postponed Until Next Year

The National Flood Insurance Program was established to help communities reduce their vulnerability to flood damage, but in some cases has only made flooding worse. Congress needs to make important reforms to the Program to make it a better tool for communities to protect themselves. The Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act passed both houses… Read more »