Voices of the river: The Elwha and Dick Goin

I recently met Jennifer Galvin, a filmmaker with Reel Blue (www.reelblue.net). She is producing a film about the dam removal and river restoration effort on Washington’s Elwha River – a project American Rivers, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, and others have worked on for decades. With dam removal set to begin on September 17, excitement… Read more »

Are You Heading to the Beach?

Bellingham Bay, WA | © Stacey Detwiler Are you heading to the beach this summer? Take a look at the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) latest report, Testing the Waters, before you head out. Every year, NRDC uses water quality and beach closure data to compile information about bacteria levels at popular swimming beaches around… Read more »

Buckley Dam: Stop Killing the Salmon

This blog was originally published November 12, 2014 on CrossCut.com. Read the original article here Buckley Dam fish kill | White Noise Productions The annual return of salmon to the White River, which flows from the Emmons Glacier on Mount Rainier to the Puyallup River, is a cause for celebration among Indian tribes, anglers and… Read more »

Conservation on the Colorado River

Today’s post is a guest blog by Julia Hart. Julia is a recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in Environmental Science. She has conducted aquatic research on the lakes of the Northwoods in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and in ponds on the Copper River Delta in Cordova, Alaska. She… Read more »

Conservancy, American Rivers Support Designating Illabot Creek as Wild and Scenic

Seattle, WA — The Nature Conservancy and American Rivers today applauded Representative Rick Larsen and Senator Patty Murray for introducing new legislation that will designate Illabot Creek, a key tributary of the Skagit River, as a Wild and Scenic River. “By introducing this legislation, Rep. Larsen and Sen. Murray are showing tremendous vision to protect the quality… Read more »

Dam Proposed for South Fork Skykomish would be an Economic Loser

A new economic study of the controversial Sunset Falls Dam on Washington’s South Fork of the Skykomish River, reveals the power generated at the proposed site would cost 2.3 times more than the Snohomish County Public Utility District (SnoPUD) estimates.  Rocky Mountain Econometrics (RME), an economic, business and energy consulting firm in Boise, Idaho, evaluated… Read more »

Demolition begins again at Elwha River dams

Since September, Glines Canyon Dam has been notched down 32 feet (at 210 feet tall, it’s the tallest dam ever removed). This photo was taken on Dec 15. Deconstruction kicks back into action today at the Elwha River dams, after a planned work stoppage since Nov. 1 (crews paused their sediment-releasing dam removal work to protect… Read more »

Making Our Communities SAFE

The increasing trends of extreme weather we’ve seen over the last couple of years have just been confirmed; last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) new report found that the number of extreme events: increasing temperature, drought, rainfall and flooding, are in fact long term trends, so we’d all better get ready! Preparing… Read more »

Saving rivers — and having fun while we’re at it

There are scores of reasons to protect and restore rivers:  public health, clean drinking water, our shared responsibility to safeguard our natural heritage… the list goes on and on. The reason on my mind today is recreation. It’s summer – prime time for fishing, boating, and swimming in the great outdoors – and a good… Read more »