Watch our new Elwha River dam removal film

We’re continuing to celebrate the world’s biggest dam removal on Washington’s Elwha River. Last week, a standing room only crowd of 300 at the Seattle REI store watched as we premiered a new film in our Year of the River series. Now you can see the video for yourself: The film by Andy Maser provides… Read more »

Restore the Yakima River and its salmon!

For nearly three years, I’ve been working with the Yakama Indian Nation and conservation partners at the National Wildlife Federation, The Wilderness Society, and Trout Unlimited (among others) to negotiate a package of habitat restoration and protection and water management measures to restore central Washington’s Yakima River and its salmon and steelhead in a way… 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 »

What is Happening with the 2011 Most Endangered Rivers?

Each spring American Rivers releases our top ten list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.  It is a day full of both angst and hope.  Of course, no river really wants to have the dubious distinction of being under such a great threat as to make “the list”.  Most rivers would rather flow freely- babbling along… 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 »

Five Spooky Rivers

Halloween | Credit: Pedro J. Ferreira Happy Halloween! Want to go on a Halloween-themed river outing? Here are some of our favorite rivers with names to match the season. Know a spooky river that isn’t listed here? Add it in the comments section! Ghost River (TN) Here’s a fun blue trail to explore on Halloween…. Read more »

Great day on the White Salmon

I wanted to share a little about what it was like to be on the White Salmon yesterday for the blast at Condit Dam. It was an amazing celebration and so special to share in person with so many colleagues and friends. It was a beautiful fall day. I think when I look back on the… Read more »

Voices from the White Salmon River: Daniel Dancer

Daniel Dancer, White Salmon River Activist The removal of Condit Dam on Washington’s White Salmon River begins on October 26. The effort to restore the river and its salmon has taken decades. In this guest post, local advocate Daniel Dancer remembers the very beginning of the dam removal effort. For me it began in 1990… 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 »

Year of the River Video Project: White Salmon Restoration

I love this video. I love these two amazing women – Heather Herbeck, a whitewater guide and kayak instructor at Wet Planet, and Phyllis Clausen, who lived on the river for 30 years, volunteered with Friends of the White Salmon, and spearheaded river restoration and protection efforts. This is the second video in our Year… Read more »