Elwha River Restoration, WA

Washington’s Elwha River is the site of the biggest dam removal project in history. The river restoration effort, which kicked off in 2011, is surpassing expectations and showing great progress, from fish returning, to native plants reclaiming riverbanks, to sand rebuilding the beach at the river’s mouth. “The Elwha provides the most high-profile proof that… Read more »

White River, Washington

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014: White River Washington Threat: Outdated dam and fish passage facilities At Risk: Salmon, steelhead, and bull trout populations WhiteRiver, WA | © Stephanie Sarles Washington’s White River is a haven for salmon and steelhead, iconic fish treasured by tribes and recreational anglers. However, these fish are blocked by the… Read more »

One Step Closer to Permanent Protection

M. Fork Snoqualmie River | Thomas O’Keefe Three wild, free-flowing rivers in Washington State are one step closer to permanent protection under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act: the Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Pratt rivers and Illabot Creek. The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Thursday, December 4th to pass the National Defense Authorization Act… Read more »

Stimulus Funds to Speed Timeline for Elwha Dam Removal

(Seattle, WA) – Removal of two dams on Washington’s Elwha River will begin no later than 2011, thanks to $54 million in federal economic recovery funds that American Rivers advocated for. The dam removal, which will be the largest in the nation’s history, was scheduled to begin in 2012. The funds will go toward preliminary… Read more »

American Rivers Names America’s Most Endangered Rivers(TM) of 2011

Washington, DC – With floodwaters swelling the Mississippi River to historic levels and rivers nationwide at risk from gas drilling, sewage pollution, and other threats, American Rivers today released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™. For the second year in a row, the most endangered river in the United States is a victim… Read more »

Endangered Rivers On FIRE!

Stop the Attacks on Clean Water  Let Congress know you support the Clean Water Act What a week!  News of the release of American Rivers’ annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® spread like wildfire this week.  This gives us great hope that progress will be made towards good decisions for our ten rivers this… Read more »

New report on Washington’s Water Future

From my office I can see the peaks of the North Cascades, which in some places are covered with 40 percent above average snowpack. This is good news for the salmon, farmers, fishermen, and boaters who depend on water in our rivers through the summer. But scientists tell us that with global warming and population… Read more »

Seeing the Elwha Restoration Begin

I just returned from an amazing, inspiring weekend, celebrating the removal of the Elwha River dams.  I wanted to share some of my experiences with you. On Saturday, I was proud to attend the ceremony at Elwha Dam, emceed by actor and American Rivers board member Tom Skerritt.  If you missed the live stream of… 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 »