Year of the River: Dam Removals in the Pacific NW

A guest blog from our Commuications intern Johannes Dreisbach. Elwha dam breach, Elwah River, WA | National Park Service Autumn has been an incredibly exciting time at American Rivers, as it marks the one-year anniversary of the world’s largest dam removal project.  Because of efforts like the historic river restoration initiative in Washington state—which included… Read more »

Olympic Peninsula, Washington

Royal Creek, Buckhorn Wilderness | © Wild Olympics Campaign Olympic Peninsula is known for its lush rainforests and rivers such as the Hoh, Elwha, Quinault and Duckabush. These and other iconic rivers of the Olympic Peninsula support some of the healthiest populations of salmon and steelhead in the region, and they provide critical habitat for… Read more »

Working Towards a Stronger Fish and Wildlife Program

Submit your comments to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council to protect fish and wildlife! | © Thomas O’Keefe The Northwest Power and Conservation Council (Council) is charged with developing a Fish and Wildlife Program to mitigate for the development and operation of the large federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers. This program… Read more »

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 Columbia River Location: Washington, Oregon Outdated dam operations are putting healthy runs of salmon and other fisheries at risk.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 »