Growing Up On The Wild Skykomish River

Today, Andrea Matzke, a local resident, tells us about growing up on the South Fork Skykomish River.  This guest blog is part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series: Take Action to Protect theSF Skykomish River Please take a minute to email SnoPUD and urge them to abandon the Sunset Falls project! The more I… Read more »

Protecting Clean Water in Washington, One Permit (or Three) at a Time

Do your eyes glaze over immediately at the word “permit”? Although they might not be the most stimulating of conversation starters, Clean Water Act permits are critical to the protection and restoration of clean rivers, lakes, and streams. By setting limits for what can be released into our waterways, these permits essentially act as the… Read more »

Sunset Magazine Feature on Western Rivers

The March 2008 issue of Sunset Magazine includes a story on the West’s rivers, featuring yours truly, and water experts from around the region. It started back in the fall with a western water roundtable at Sunset’s office in California. They recorded the lively conversation and the magazine includes exerpts. The magazine also featured three… 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 »

Alpine Lakes, Washington

In December 2014, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act, which designated the upper 27.4 miles of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie and the entire 9.5-mile Pratt River as Wild and Scenic Rivers. The Act also added 22,100 acres to the… Read more »

The Economics of Small Dams

Today’s guest blog is a part of the America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series, and it is about a river that we listed in 2012, the South Fork Skykomish River in Washington.  Rich Bowers, the Hydropower Reform Coalition Pacific Northwest Coordinator, tells us about a new economic report that sheds light on the economics of dam… Read more »

Saving Salmon on the White River in Washington

Today’s guest blog about the #8 White River in Washington- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Dave Seabrook. Dave is a long-time salmon recovery activist in Tacoma, Washington, and a founding board member of the Puyallup Watershed Coalition. Tell the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fix the dam and modernize… Read more »

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wants to Protect Arctic Refuge Wild Rivers

Hulahula River, Alaska | © Judith Slein (flickr) This week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommended designating 278 miles of four major wild rivers in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, the Atigun, Marsh Fork of the Canning, the Kongakut and, the Hulahula, as Wild and Scenic Rivers.  The agency found six additional… Read more »

New Salmon Plan Fails to Address Effects of Dams, Global Warming

View global warming map (PDF) WASHINGTON, DC – Today a coalition of environmental and fishing organizations, including American Rivers, sued the National Marine Fisheries Service over the 2008 Biological Opinion, or Salmon Plan, on the Columbia and Snake river dams. The new Salmon Plan is the third attempt by NMFS in eight years to submit a… Read more »