Six hotspots for protecting the Northwest’s wild rivers

Spring has arrived in Seattle, and in addition to blooming salmonberry and longer days, that means summer river trip planning is underway! Every year our Northwest staff, along with friends, partners and spouses get together for a trip. We had a great time on the Salmon last year. This year we’re heading to the Grande… 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 »

Innovative Water Management in the Northwest

The Northwest’s magnificent rivers are the lifeblood of natural ecosystems and human communities. We cannot take our rivers and fresh water for granted. Climate change, population growth, and the increasing value of water as a marketable commodity have led to calls for new water supply reservoirs and more water withdrawals from rivers, both of which… Read more »

Announcing America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014!

#1 Most Endangered River is the San Joaquin, CA | © Sarah Craig The time has come! Today, American Rivers is announcing our report on America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014! And the Most Endangered River in the nation this year is: SAN JOAQUIN RIVER (California)! Outdated water management and excessive diversions, compounded by the… Read more »

Congress passes wild & scenic legislation

In a rare stroke of bi-partisanship the U.S. Senate today passed the most significant piece of legislation to protect new Wild and Scenic Rivers in over five years.  With the Senate passing legislation identical to a bill passed by the U.S House last week Congress can agree on something—river protections are good public policy when… Read more »

Obama administration embraces Bush salmon plan on Columbia-Snake rivers

Seattle — The Obama administration’s decision to accept the Columbia and Snake river salmon plan developed under the Bush administration is bad news for the basin’s endangered salmon, communities, and the region as a whole, American Rivers said today. It will now be up to federal Judge James Redden to determine whether the plan passes… Read more »

Green Reserve — Water Infrastructure in the Stimulus at One Year

At the groundbreaking of a “green street” project in Edmonston, Maryland, funded by the stimulus, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said: “Environmental protection, if done right, is about protecting a community. You should never have to choose between an economy that’s vibrant and green and an environment that’s vibrant and green.” That’s exactly why the “green… Read more »

Progress report: Elwha River dam removal

One month ago, we kicked off the nation’s biggest dam removal project on Washington’s Elwha River. We’ve been wowed by the progress – watching with the help of Olympic National Park’s web cams — as crews take down these dams bit by bit. Here’s a snapshot of the Elwha Dam demolition so far: Earlier Snapshots… Read more »