South Fork Skykomish River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, D.C. – American Rivers named the South Fork Skykomish River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® today, shining a national spotlight on the threat a new dam poses to recreation, scenic vistas, wilderness, and wildlife.  “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save rivers that are facing a critical tipping… Read more »

Elwha River Dam Removal to Make History this Saturday

Elwha River in the gorge just downstream of Elwha Dam. Photo by Thomas O’Keefe. We’re making history this Saturday. That’s when the biggest dam removal ever begins on Washington’s Elwha River. It’s a major river restoration effort, and the world will be watching. It isn’t every day we get to celebrate a success like this…. Read more »

Moving beyond the “Is hydropower green?” question

 There has been a recent flurry of news about hydropower and whether it should be considered a “green” source of power. Grist’s Ask Umbra column featured a discussion about whether a hydro project on one’s backyard stream is a sustainable way to generate power for home energy purposes. In a piece about dams in the… Read more »

Saving the Sound, One Watershed at a Time

Everyday, I look out my window and see Fishermen’s Terminal, a hub for boats of all types: commercial fishing boats, small cruise ships, and other vessels. The boats docked at Fishermen’s Terminal are floating on freshwater and just around the corner the boats use the Ballard Locks to enter the saltwater of Puget Sound. Yesterday’s… Read more »

Watch the final video in our Year of the River series

We released a short film today with our partners at American Whitewater and the Hydropower Reform Coalition  that 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… Read more »

Elwha River Restoration, WA

Washington’s Elwha River is the site of the biggest dam removal project in history. The river restoration effort, which kicked off in 2011, is surpassing expectations and showing great progress, from fish returning, to native plants reclaiming riverbanks, to sand rebuilding the beach at the river’s mouth. “The Elwha provides the most high-profile proof that… Read more »

White River, Washington

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014: White River Washington Threat: Outdated dam and fish passage facilities At Risk: Salmon, steelhead, and bull trout populations WhiteRiver, WA | © Stephanie Sarles Washington’s White River is a haven for salmon and steelhead, iconic fish treasured by tribes and recreational anglers. However, these fish are blocked by the… Read more »

One Step Closer to Permanent Protection

M. Fork Snoqualmie River | Thomas O’Keefe Three wild, free-flowing rivers in Washington State are one step closer to permanent protection under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act: the Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Pratt rivers and Illabot Creek. The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Thursday, December 4th to pass the National Defense Authorization Act… Read more »