Our Next Wild and Scenic Rivers

Rogue River, OR | American Rivers American Rivers has worked for 40 years to protect the nation’s best, free-flowing rivers with Wild and Scenic River designations. A Wild and Scenic River designation is the strongest tool to protect rivers, prohibiting dams and other harmful development. It safeguards a river’s special fish and wildlife habitat, clean… Read more »

Map of US Dam Removals 1936-2014

Few things have such a fundamental impact on a river as a dam. Dams block a river’s flow and can harm clean water, fish and wildlife, and recreation opportunities. American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams. We have been creating a running inventory of all dam removal projects we… Read more »

Schedule Proposed for Fixing Buckley Dam

NMFS announces long-awaited plans to prevent annual White River fish kills Buckley Dam fish kill | White Noise Productions Seattle, Wash.  — The National Marine Fisheries Service today released its official report, known as a biological opinion, on the Army Corps of Engineers’ Buckley Dam.  The report lays out a path for bringing the outdated… Read more »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 »

Group targets flawed federal levee policies in Puget Sound

Read the 60-day Notice (PDF) Seattle – An Army Corps of Engineers policy to remove trees and other vegetation from levees on Puget Sound area rivers jeopardizes endangered salmon and may compromise flood protection, American Rivers said today in a 60-day notice of intent to sue letter to the Corps. American Rivers urged the Corps… Read more »

Elwha and White Salmon River Restoration Projects Show Great Success

Washington, DC – One year since two of the nation’s most significant river restoration projects began, American Rivers is applauding the progress and significant economic, environmental, and social benefits that have already started to accrue.  The nation’s leading river conservation organization also warned against an extreme piece of legislation that would hurt river restoration efforts… Read more »

Making Hydropower Dams Work Better

Reintroducing steelhead fry | Credit: Hydropower Reform Coalition It’s a good year for rivers. Last week, the National Park Service began chipping away at the Glines Canyon and Elwha Dams. When the dams are removed in 2-3 years, it’ll be the culmination of a nearly 30-year effort to restore the Elwha River and its fisheries…. Read more »

Rock and Roll – Elwha, Be Free!

Demolition underway at 210 foot tall Glines Canyon Dam | Credit: Amy Kober It was really special to be a part of the Elwha dam removal celebration last weekend. These people and quotes have stuck with me, and I wanted to share them with you: Frances Charles, chairwoman of the lower Elwha Klallam Tribe: We’re… Read more »