Columbia River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2015 2. Columbia River Location: Washington, Oregon Outdated dam operations are putting healthy runs of salmon and other fisheries at risk. Columbia Gorge | Thomas O’Keefe Once home to the largest salmon runs in the world, the mighty Columbia River is now blocked by a series of dams. However, the… Read more »

Costly Black Rock Dam is Risky and Unnecessary

Seattle, WA –  A massive new water storage project in the Black Rock Valley east of Yakima would cost $6.7 billion and return only 16 cents on the dollar, according to a draft Environmental Impact Statement released today by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Washington Department of Ecology. The project would pump water… Read more »

Major hurdle cleared in effort to remove Condit Dam

Portland – One of the nation’s largest river restoration efforts got the official green light today when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the agency that regulates hydropower dams, ordered the decommissioning of the White Salmon River’s hundred-year-old Condit Dam. The dam removal, scheduled to begin in the fall of next year, will restore habitat for… Read more »

Actor Tom Skerritt to celebrate Elwha River restoration

This blog post is part of a series on restoring rivers and dam removal that we are sharing as we are nearing one of the greatest river restoration projects with the removal of the Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River, September 17. Learn more about that project at www.AmericanRivers.org/YearoftheRiver. Actor and American Rivers board… Read more »

Hurricane Irene Underscores Need For Better Preparation

Over the past week Mother Nature has done a fine job of reminding those of us on the East Coast that she’s the one that’s really in charge. Between the earthquake that shocked us all, and Hurricane Irene still wreaking havoc as it moves up the east coast, we’re reminded that as much as we… Read more »

Restoring Clean Water

For the last 10 years, Clean Water Act protections have been chipped away by confusing Court decisions and inefficient guidance that requires EPA staff to show over and over again what we know – that small streams are connected to big rivers! That’s why today’s action by the Environmental Protection Agency to better protect our small streams… Read more »

The Many Ways Wild and Scenic Designations Help our Rivers

So what exactly do Wild and Scenic River Designations do?  Sure, they prevent  harmful water projects, such as dams, but do they do anything else? To help clarify the many things a Wild and Scenic designation can do, the American Rivers Northwest staff put together a new series of case studies: “Beyond Banning Dams: Benefits… Read more »

Governor Inslee Proclaims Strong Support For The Yakima Integrated Plan

Yakima River, WA | Michael Garrity Last Thursday, new Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee appeared before a photo of the Yakima River at his weekly press conference to announce his first legislative action:  Introducing a bill to the state legislature (HB 1414) calling for state funding and implementation of the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan in… Read more »

Volcano Country, Washington

Washington’s legendary volcanoes — Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier and Mount Adams — are the source of wild, free-flowing rivers that rush through deep gorges and basalt canyons on their way to the Columbia River. Rivers such as the Lewis, Cispus and Green provide clean water, important fish and wildlife habitat, and outstanding recreational experiences. Yet hundreds… Read more »

Bipartisan Leadership Gains Recognition

Sign The Thank You Letter Rep. DelBene and myself on the Snoqualmie River, WA | © Wendy McDermott Thank you for protecting Alpine Lakes! Dear Reps. DelBene and Reichert: Thank you for your leadership on the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Act, H.R. 361. I support this important piece of… Read more »