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 »

Nooksack River, Washington

Nooksack River, WA | © Thomas O’Keefe The unique and beautiful Nooksack River system is a true gem. Flowing west from the high snowfields and glaciers of Mt. Baker, Mt. Shuksan, and the Twin Sister Mountain Range of the North Cascades to the sparkling, salty waters of the Salish Sea, the Nooksack River weaves its… Read more »

The Economics of Small Dams

Today’s guest blog is a part of the America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series, and it is about a river that we listed in 2012, the South Fork Skykomish River in Washington.  Rich Bowers, the Hydropower Reform Coalition Pacific Northwest Coordinator, tells us about a new economic report that sheds light on the economics of dam… Read more »

Saving Salmon on the White River in Washington

Today’s guest blog about the #8 White River in Washington- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Dave Seabrook. Dave is a long-time salmon recovery activist in Tacoma, Washington, and a founding board member of the Puyallup Watershed Coalition. Tell the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fix the dam and modernize… Read more »

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wants to Protect Arctic Refuge Wild Rivers

Hulahula River, Alaska | © Judith Slein (flickr) This week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommended designating 278 miles of four major wild rivers in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, the Atigun, Marsh Fork of the Canning, the Kongakut and, the Hulahula, as Wild and Scenic Rivers.  The agency found six additional… Read more »

Daylighting Streams: Breathing Life into Urban Streams and Communities

Preserving and protecting small streams is the best approach to ensure environmental and community benefits such as clean water and flood reduction.  In highly urbanized areas, however, where small, headwater streams are often buried, hidden, and forgotten, protecting headwater streams is not possible. Stream daylighting is a relatively new approach that brings these buried waterways… Read more »

Year of the River

This film tells the story of historic dam removal successes on Washington’s Elwha and White Salmon rivers. The seven-minute film premiered at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in January and is the final installment in the “Year of the River” series by filmmaker Andy Maser. This second film gives background on the historic Elwha… Read more »