Yakima Basin Conservation Campaign

A vital resource for both the well-being of wildlife and the livelihoods and recreation of people of central Washington state and beyond, the Yakima River is in need of an innovative solution that ensures the sustainable use and enjoyment of the river. Beginning high in the Cascade Range and eventually joining the Columbia River, the… Read more »

2010 Dam Removals

See a full list of dams removed in 2010  See a full list of dams removed/slated for removal in 2009 See our past list of dams removed from 1998-2008 American Rivers, the leading conservation organization fighting for healthy rivers so communities can thrive, today announced its annual list of 60 dams that were removed in… Read more »

Lower Snake River, ID, OR and WA

The salmon and steelhead of the Snake River are magnificent creatures, traveling over 900 miles from the sea to spawn in Idaho’s high mountain streams. These fish are central to the lives of many Pacific Northwesterners and to the health of the region’s environment and economy. Unfortunately, this icon of the region is threatened with… Read more »

Condit Dam, White Salmon River, WA

American Rivers worked for more than 10 years with our partners to lead the effort to remove the 95-year old, 125-foot Condit dam and restore the White Salmon River. The White Salmon flows from its origin on the slopes of Mt. Adams to its confluence with the Columbia River. Portions of the river are protected as Wild and… Read more »

Elwha River Restoration, WA

The removal of two dams on Washington’s Elwha River is one of the most significant river restoration projects of our time. Background Information: River overview and history Maps & diagrams Map of the Elwha River (PDF) Diagram of Elwha dam removal (PDF) – from Popular Mechanics, Feb ’06 Timelapse animations & movies Using special computer modeling… 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 »

Spawning Salmon Return to the Yakima River

Spawning salmon on the Cle Elum River, WA | American Rivers Last week on the way home from a conference in Ellensburg, Washington put on by the Washington State section of the American Water Resources Association (a great organization the Washingtonians among you might consider joining after you make sure your American Rivers membership is… 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 »

Mining, Rivers, and Volcanoes Don’t Mix

Lewis River Meadow, WA | Susan Saul Mount St. Helens is an American icon. Anyone who lived in the Northwest during the 1980 eruption may remember ash and dust covering nearly every surface imaginable. People who lived in other parts of the country at the time may remember the amazing images of an ancient volcano… Read more »

Why the farmer and the enviro really can be friends on irrigation

Originally published on Crosscut.com. Authors: Peter Dykstra is Pacific Northwest regional director for The Wilderness Society. Michael Garrity is Washington state conservation director for American Rivers. Steve Malloch is senior water program manager at the National Wildlife Federation. Lisa Pelly is Washington water project director for Trout Unlimited. Mark Twain once opined that in the… Read more »