Local Updates

Blog Posts: Local News

Best Rivers in the Fall: NW – CA – SW(November 13th, 2014)

Anglers Fund Conservation Update Part 1 – Pacific Northwest(September 11th, 2014)

Why is Restoring the Elwha River Important?(September 2nd, 2014)

Elwha River’s health rebounding as biggest dam removal in history nears completion(August 25th, 2014)

Hiking Up the Biggest Dam Removal in History(August 25th, 2014)

Alpine Lakes Legislation Clears House Committee(July 31st, 2014)

April Showers Bring May Flowers – And Vernal Pools(July 10th, 2014)

Washington’s White River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014(April 9th, 2014)

HR3189 Sucks Rivers Dry – Here’s Why You Should Care(February 3rd, 2014)

Nickel Mine Challenges Persist for Oregon Rivers(January 27th, 2014)

The Natural Water Filter: A Case For A Protected O&C Forest(November 15th, 2013)

From the Forest to the Faucet: Protect Clean Drinking Water on O&C Forestlands(November 13th, 2013)

Crooked River Watershed Council and American Rivers Partner to Remove Stearns Dam(October 18th, 2013)

Rough and Ready Creek and Baldface Creek Most Endangered Rivers: Half Year Report(October 14th, 2013)

Celebrating the Protection of Washington’s Teanaway River!(October 11th, 2013)

Bipartisan Leadership Gains Recognition(October 9th, 2013)

Cle Elum Sockeye Celebration(July 18th, 2013)

A Victory for the Wild and Scenic Illinois River!(July 17th, 2013)

Dam Proposed for South Fork Skykomish would be an Economic Loser(July 16th, 2013)

New Video: Hydropower Reform Success on Oregon’s Deschutes River Benefits Fish and River Health(July 5th, 2013)

Summer music tour with The Infamous Stringdusters(May 31st, 2013)

Knowing When To Say No(May 13th, 2013)

Rough & Ready Creek is Too Special to Ruin(April 25th, 2013)

Two Special Southern Oregon Creeks(April 25th, 2013)

Rough & Ready and Baldface Creeks Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers(April 17th, 2013)

62 Dams Removed to Restore Rivers in 2012(March 12th, 2013)

Ask the Secretary of Interior to Protect the Chetco River(February 12th, 2013)

Salmon, stormwater and streets – a toxic mix(February 6th, 2013)

Governor Inslee Proclaims Strong Support For The Yakima Integrated Plan(February 1st, 2013)

Oil and Gas Development Banned In Skeena River’s Sacred Headwaters(December 19th, 2012)

Year of the River: Dam Removals in the Pacific NW(December 10th, 2012)

Experts Support EPA Finding of Potential Danger with Pebble Mine(November 27th, 2012)

Grins and Gratitude on the White Salmon(November 13th, 2012)

Five Things My Three Year Old Reminded Me About Rivers(October 25th, 2012)

Rafting on the Recently Restored White Salmon River(October 2nd, 2012)

Spawning Salmon Return to the Yakima River(September 19th, 2012)

Elwha and White Salmon River Restoration Projects Show Great Success(September 13th, 2012)

A Look Back in Honor of National Water Quality Month(August 27th, 2012)

Fishing the Green River in Colorado(August 22nd, 2012)

Mining, Rivers, and Volcanoes Don’t Mix(August 13th, 2012)

American Rivers and NOAA award $696,692 to restore rivers and fisheries in California, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Oregon(July 25th, 2012)

Why the farmer and the enviro really can be friends on irrigation(July 16th, 2012)

Growing Up On The Wild Skykomish River(June 7th, 2012)

The Beautiful Sky(May 27th, 2012)

Saving The Sky(May 26th, 2012)

South Fork Skykomish River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers(May 15th, 2012)

Green Infrastructure Can Save Local Governments Money(April 16th, 2012)

River Policy Update: March Wrap-Up(April 3rd, 2012)

Portland, Oregon’s Flood Protection Success Story: Reducing Flood Risk and Restoring Floodplains along Johnson Creek.(March 15th, 2012)

American Rivers statement on planned retirement of Congressman Norm Dicks(March 2nd, 2012)

Two-Headed Trout: Water Pollution Rearing Its Ugly Heads(February 29th, 2012)

Watch the final video in our Year of the River series(February 15th, 2012)

Help us remove 100 dams in 2012!(February 3rd, 2012)

Poll shows widespread support for Rogue River Wild and Scenic and Wilderness legislation(February 1st, 2012)

Protecting Clean Water in Washington, One Permit (or Three) at a Time(January 31st, 2012)

Watch our new Elwha River dam removal film(January 17th, 2012)

National River Cleanup® Year in Review: 5 Ws of 2011(January 11th, 2012)

Restore the Yakima River and its salmon!(December 21st, 2011)

Demolition begins again at Elwha River dams(December 19th, 2011)

Holiday Spirit on the Rogue(December 16th, 2011)

Help protect the Wild and Scenic Chetco River against mining(November 1st, 2011)

Great day on the White Salmon(October 27th, 2011)

White Salmon River to run free tomorrow with breach of Condit Dam(October 25th, 2011)

Tribes, Fishers, and Local Residents Oppose Pebble Mine(October 25th, 2011)

Voices from the White Salmon River: Daniel Dancer(October 20th, 2011)

Progress report: Elwha River dam removal(October 17th, 2011)

Reduce, Reuse, RecycleIt Even Applies to Dams!(October 17th, 2011)

Year of the River Video Project: White Salmon Restoration(October 11th, 2011)

Blast from the Past: 1993 Video of Condit Dam Hearing(October 10th, 2011)

New Report: Investments in Clean Water Could Create Millions of Jobs(October 5th, 2011)

Massive dam threatens wild Alaska river(October 3rd, 2011)

Salmon and much more along the Rogue River(September 28th, 2011)

Rock and Roll – Elwha, Be Free!(September 23rd, 2011)

Making Hydropower Dams Work Better(September 22nd, 2011)

Seeing the Elwha Restoration Begin(September 21st, 2011)

World’s biggest dam removal begins this week(September 13th, 2011)

Elwha River Dam Removal to Make History this Saturday(September 13th, 2011)

Year of the River video project: Elwha River dam removal(September 13th, 2011)

Actor Tom Skerritt to celebrate Elwha River restoration(September 7th, 2011)

Swimming in Slime Underscores Need for Smart Clean Water Protections(August 31st, 2011)

A Wild Chetco Adventure(August 26th, 2011)

Whitewater, Summer, and Salmon(August 19th, 2011)

What will the Elwha dam removal mean for whitewater boating?(August 17th, 2011)

Small grant programs mean a lot to local communities(August 16th, 2011)

Preparing for dam removal: Elwha River video update(August 12th, 2011)

Court ruling is a win for healthy rivers, salmon, and communities(August 3rd, 2011)

Clean Water and Livable Communities: New Report Shows How Communities Support Clean Water and Redevelopment(August 2nd, 2011)

Budget Woes – Clean Water At Risk(July 28th, 2011)

What’s Your Favorite River Beer?(June 28th, 2011)

Drain 8 Million Gallon Reservoir Because of Some Pee?(June 21st, 2011)

Time for solutions on the lower Snake River(June 10th, 2011)

Then and Now: National River Cleanup History(June 9th, 2011)

Chat live with Secretary Salazar on America’s Great Outdoors, June 10 at 2 p.m. EDT(June 8th, 2011)

Voices of the river: The Elwha and Dick Goin(June 2nd, 2011)

Elwha Generators Power Down, River Powers Up!(June 1st, 2011)

Green Infrastructure Moves forward in Congress(May 27th, 2011)

New Report Calls for Federal Action to Improve Flood Protection, Other Policies in Face of Climate Change(May 26th, 2011)

Helping the River Run Free(May 25th, 2011)

Restoring the White Salmon and Elwha rivers(May 24th, 2011)

Washington State Preparing for Climate Change(May 20th, 2011)

Most Endangered Rivers Launch Takes Off(May 18th, 2011)

Green River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers(May 17th, 2011)

American Rivers Names America’s Most Endangered Rivers(TM) of 2011(May 17th, 2011)

Bristol Bay Rivers among America’s Most Endangered Rivers(May 17th, 2011)

Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act of 2011(May 13th, 2011)

A Pivotal Hearing for the Columbia and Snake Rivers(May 9th, 2011)

Smooth Driving on Green Streets(April 29th, 2011)

Conserving Our Rivers, Connecting Our Communities(April 22nd, 2011)

American Rivers Kicks Off 20th Anniversary of National River Cleanup(TM)(April 21st, 2011)

Oregon Preparing for Climate Change(March 28th, 2011)

FRAC Act Re-introduced in Congress(March 24th, 2011)

American Rivers releases report on 21st century flood protection solutions(March 11th, 2011)

Molalla River Alliance kicks off Discovery Series on the Molalla River(March 10th, 2011)

Register for National River Cleanup 2011!(March 7th, 2011)

Tell Your Senators: Don’t Cut Conservation Programs(March 7th, 2011)

The most anti-environmental piece of legislation in history(February 24th, 2011)

Bill Introduced to Protect Molalla River as a Wild and Scenic River(February 17th, 2011)

Obama prioritizes rivers and blue trails in America’s Great Outdoors(February 16th, 2011)

Restore the White Salmon: keep Condit Dam removal on track for 2011(February 8th, 2011)

Preparing States for a Changing Climate: Low-cost strategies for state climate change adaptation planning(February 4th, 2011)

Poll shows southeast Idahoans prefer less costly alternatives(February 3rd, 2011)

Show Your Love For Water Trails: Join Trails Advocacy Week(February 1st, 2011)

Enjoying A Restored Sandy River(January 10th, 2011)

American Rivers Releases List of 2010 Dam Removals(January 4th, 2011)

Major hurdle cleared in effort to remove Condit Dam(December 16th, 2010)

American Rivers Announces Four Additions to National Board of Directors(December 2nd, 2010)

Still Time for Rivers to Benefit in the Lame Duck(November 12th, 2010)

Coalition documents Obama’s ghoulish salmon plan(November 3rd, 2010)

Help Cleanup the “Soon to be Wild and Scenic” Molalla River(September 20th, 2010)

It’s Official: Removing Klamath Dams Saves Money for Power Customers(September 17th, 2010)

Contract for Largest Dam Removal in US History to be Awarded Today(August 26th, 2010)

Powerdale Dam Removal Underway on Oregon’s Hood River(August 19th, 2010)

Gold Ray Dam on the Rogue River is coming out!(August 18th, 2010)

Pitching in to Keep King County’s Drinking Water Source Clean!(July 27th, 2010)

DEQ Report is Wake-Up Call that Healthy Forests are Necessary for Clean Drinking Water(July 6th, 2010)

American Rivers announces America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2010(June 2nd, 2010)

Chetco River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers(June 2nd, 2010)

Teton River Named One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2010(June 2nd, 2010)

The Ten Most Endangered Rivers of 2010 – Plus 22 Success Stories!(June 2nd, 2010)

Sneak Peek at an Endangered River Success: The Elwha(May 25th, 2010)

American Rivers and NOAA Award $157,000 to Restore Rivers and Fisheries in Oregon(May 19th, 2010)

America’s Most Endangered Rivers to be Announced June 2(May 17th, 2010)

Communities Improving Public Safety through River Restoration(May 5th, 2010)

Great News for an Oregon Gem(May 5th, 2010)

Senator Merkley on the Molalla River(April 9th, 2010)

Participate in a River Cleanup on the ‘Soon-To-Be Wild and Scenic’ Molalla River(March 24th, 2010)

Alpine Lakes Wilderness & Rivers Bill Passes U.S. House of Representatives(March 18th, 2010)

Molalla Wild and Scenic Legislation Ranks in National Environmental Scorecard(February 24th, 2010)

American Rivers signs agreements for world’s largest river restoration project(February 18th, 2010)

One year later, Washington’s clean water benefits from stimulus spending(February 16th, 2010)

World’s biggest river restoration kicks off Thurs at official ceremony in Oregon(February 16th, 2010)

Green Reserve — Water Infrastructure in the Stimulus at One Year(February 12th, 2010)

American Rivers stands by Klamath restoration agreements(February 10th, 2010)

How Restoring Rivers can Make us More Resilient(February 9th, 2010)

Smarter flood protection solutions for the 21st century(February 2nd, 2010)

Save the Wild Rogue(January 27th, 2010)

American Rivers Announces a New Director of Flood Management Policy(January 25th, 2010)

Klamath Settlement Agreements Finalized(January 8th, 2010)

Several Rivers Move Closer to Permanent Protection(December 17th, 2009)

How Quickly a River Recovers(December 2nd, 2009)

58 Dams to be Removed in 2009(November 27th, 2009)

U.S. House Passes Bill to Protect Molalla River as a Wild and Scenic River(November 19th, 2009)

Mid-Year Update: America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2009(October 20th, 2009)

The Snake River, one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2009, still faces critical threats(October 20th, 2009)

Uncertain future for Beaver Creek, one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2009(October 20th, 2009)

House Passes Legislation to Designate Illabot Creek as Washington State’s newest Wild and Scenic River(October 13th, 2009)

U.S. House Hearing Tomorrow to Protect Molalla River as a Wild and Scenic River(September 30th, 2009)

Klamath Dam Removal Agreement Sets in Motion World’s Biggest River Restoration Project(September 29th, 2009)

American Rivers names Portland one of nation’s top ‘water wise’ communities(September 17th, 2009)

American Rivers names Seattle one of nation’s top ‘water wise’ communities(September 17th, 2009)

Obama administration embraces Bush salmon plan on Columbia-Snake rivers(September 15th, 2009)

Illabot Creek Field Trip(September 1st, 2009)

Congressman Schrader to Hold Roundtable on Protecting the Molalla as a Wild and Scenic River(August 27th, 2009)

Saving rivers — and having fun while we’re at it(August 19th, 2009)

Trout Creek Open for Steelhead(August 17th, 2009)

Obama Administration Supports the Illabot Designation(July 9th, 2009)

Fish runs, public safety will improve thanks to removal of Hemlock Dam(July 1st, 2009)

American Rivers applauds Wyden and Merkley for championing the Molalla River(June 26th, 2009)

Rep. DeFazio and Sen. Wyden Introduce New Legislation to Protect the Rogue(June 17th, 2009)

Climate impacts report underscores need to protect, restore Northwest rivers, water resources(June 16th, 2009)

American Rivers Supports Designating Molalla River as Wild and Scenic(June 10th, 2009)

The 2009 River Action Day was a Success!(June 3rd, 2009)

Moving beyond the “Is hydropower green?” question(May 12th, 2009)

The Many Ways Wild and Scenic Designations Help our Rivers(May 5th, 2009)

Conservation Group CEOs Ask Obama Administration to Change Bush Salmon Policy(April 24th, 2009)

Stimulus Funds to Speed Timeline for Elwha Dam Removal(April 23rd, 2009)

Climate change causing many rivers worldwide to shrink(April 23rd, 2009)

American Rivers names Brett Swift as Northwest regional director(April 21st, 2009)

Rep. Reichert and Sen. Murray Speak on Recently Introduced Washington Wild and Scenic Rivers and Wilderness Legislation(April 10th, 2009)

Beaver Creek among America’s Most Endangered Rivers(April 7th, 2009)

Lower Snake River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers(April 7th, 2009)

President Obama Signs Historic Wild and Scenic River Bill into Law(March 30th, 2009)

Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie could be Washington’s next Wild and Scenic Rivers(March 27th, 2009)

American Rivers and NOAA Award $290,000 to Restore Rivers and Improve Fish Passage in Six States(March 26th, 2009)

Today is a Day to Celebrate(March 25th, 2009)

Conservancy, American Rivers Support Designating Illabot Creek as Wild and Scenic(March 19th, 2009)

Stimulus funding can improve public health, clean water in Oregon(March 18th, 2009)

How Long Will Mt. Hood’s Rivers Have to Wait?(March 13th, 2009)

Group targets flawed federal levee policies in Puget Sound(February 25th, 2009)

Economic Stimulus and Habitat Restoration(February 19th, 2009)

Rogue River’s Contribution to the Economy Larger Than Previously Thought(February 9th, 2009)

Fish Passage Projects Mean Money and Jobs(February 4th, 2009)

New Studies Confirm Klamath Dam Removal Beneficial for Salmon and Water Quality, No Increased Flood Risk(January 27th, 2009)

American Rivers Calls for Additional Wild and Scenic Protections for John Day Basin(January 26th, 2009)

16 Water Efficiency Projects Ready-to-go Across Washington to Create Jobs, Boost Clean Water Supply(January 23rd, 2009)

1,000 Miles of Rivers in Seven States to be Protected as Wild and Scenic(January 15th, 2009)

Bureau of Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Impact Statement on the Black Rock Dam Proposal(December 22nd, 2008)

Green Infrastructure Projects in Oregon Would Create Jobs Stimulate Economy(December 17th, 2008)

Rogue River, One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2008, Still Faces Critical Threats(December 11th, 2008)

Puget Sound Action Agenda Includes River Protection; Elwha Dam Removal(December 1st, 2008)

Klamath Dams to be Removed Under New Deal(November 13th, 2008)

64 Dams to be Removed in 2008(November 12th, 2008)

Run, Rogue, Run!(November 11th, 2008)

Seeing *is* believing(October 30th, 2008)

New Film Demonstrates the Need to Protect the Rogue River(October 29th, 2008)

Happy Birthday Wild and Scenic Rivers!(October 1st, 2008)

New Report Highlights Economic Benefits of Wild and Scenic Rogue River(September 12th, 2008)

Congress Moves to Safeguard the Wild Rogue River and Other Oregon Treasures(June 18th, 2008)

New Salmon Plan Fails to Address Effects of Dams, Global Warming(June 17th, 2008)

Hydropower Dams Won’t Fix Warming World(June 12th, 2008)

Bush Administration’s Salmon Plan Falls Short(May 5th, 2008)

House Passes Copper Salmon Wilderness Act(April 22nd, 2008)

Saving the Sound, One Watershed at a Time(April 21st, 2008)

New report on Washington’s Water Future(April 3rd, 2008)

Six hotspots for protecting the Northwest’s wild rivers(April 3rd, 2008)

Oregon Treasures Proposal will Protect Clean Water, Rivers(April 1st, 2008)

Video: Increased flows give new life to Skokomish River(March 14th, 2008)

Restored Flows Boost Health of North Fork Skokomish River(March 7th, 2008)

Sunset Magazine Feature on Western Rivers(February 25th, 2008)

Watch our New Klamath River Film(February 20th, 2008)

Costly Black Rock Dam is Risky and Unnecessary(January 29th, 2008)

Extra footage from our Sandy River film(January 29th, 2008)

Klamath Negotiators Announce Proposed Agreement(January 15th, 2008)

It’s official: Removing Klamath dams is cheapest, most effective option(November 16th, 2007)

Bill introduced to protect Pratt River’s clean water, recreation, wildlife(November 8th, 2007)

Administration’s Columbia Basin salmon plan is another failure(October 31st, 2007)

NOAA Awards More Than $800,000 To American Rivers(October 9th, 2007)

Press Releases

Elwha River’s health rebounding as biggest dam removal in history nears completion

August 25th, 2014|Dams & Dam Removal

Glines Canyon Dam removal, Elwha River, WA | NPS Seattle, Wash. – With the final blasts scheduled to remove the remaining 35 feet of Glines Canyon Dam in the coming weeks, the nation’s biggest dam removal project on Washington’s Elwha River is nearing… Read more »

Alpine Lakes Legislation Clears House Committee

July 31st, 2014|Wild and Scenic Rivers

Snoqualmie River, WA | Tom O’Keefe WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Natural Resources Committee passed by voice vote a handful of public lands bills including the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protecti… Read more »

Washington’s White River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014

April 9th, 2014|Dams & Dam Removal, Most Endangered Rivers

www.americanrivers.org/WhiteRiverWA Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named Washington’s White River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014 today, shining a national spotlight on the impacts of two Army Corps dams on salmon and steelhead runs… Read more »

Crooked River Watershed Council and American Rivers Partner to Remove Stearns Dam

October 18th, 2013|Dams & Dam Removal

PRINEVILLE, Ore., -  With funding from American Rivers and NOAA Restoration Center Rivergrants partnership, the six-foot tall, 150-foot wide Stearns Dam is being removed from the Crooked River. Media are invited for the initial notch opening in the dam… Read more »

Dam Proposed for South Fork Skykomish would be an Economic Loser

July 16th, 2013|Dams & Dam Removal, Hydropower

A new economic study of the controversial Sunset Falls Dam on Washington’s South Fork of the Skykomish River, reveals the power generated at the proposed site would cost 2.3 times more than the Snohomish County Public Utility District (SnoPUD) es… Read more »

Rough & Ready and Baldface Creeks Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

April 17th, 2013|Most Endangered Rivers, Water Pollution

Washington, D.C. – American Rivers named southern Oregon’s Rough & Ready and Baldface Creeks among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2013 today, shining a national spotlight on nickel mining proposals that threaten a wonderland of wild r… Read more »

62 Dams Removed to Restore Rivers in 2012

March 12th, 2013|Dams & Dam Removal

Washington, DC – Communities in 19 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 62 dams in 2012, American Rivers announced today. Outdated or unsafe dams came out of rivers in California, Co… Read more »

Elwha and White Salmon River Restoration Projects Show Great Success

September 13th, 2012|Dams & Dam Removal, Water Pollution

Washington, DC – One year since two of the nation’s most significant river restoration projects began, American Rivers is applauding the progress and significant economic, environmental, and social benefits that have already started to accrue.  T… Read more »

American Rivers and NOAA award $696,692 to restore rivers and fisheries in California, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Oregon

July 25th, 2012|Dams & Dam Removal, Water Pollution

Washington, DC – Rivers and communities will benefit from nearly $700,000 in grants awarded through the national partnership between American Rivers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restoration Center. This funding will su… Read more »

South Fork Skykomish River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

May 15th, 2012|Most Endangered Rivers, Water Pollution

Washington, D.C. – American Rivers named the South Fork Skykomish River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® today, shining a national spotlight on the threat a new dam poses to recreation, scenic vistas, wilderness, and wildlife. … Read more »

American Rivers statement on planned retirement of Congressman Norm Dicks

March 2nd, 2012|

One of the nation’s strongest champions for clean water and healthy rivers, Washington Congressman Norm Dicks, announced Friday that he will retire from the U. S. House of Representatives at the end of the 112th Congress. The President of America… Read more »

Poll shows widespread support for Rogue River Wild and Scenic and Wilderness legislation

February 1st, 2012|Wild and Scenic Rivers

Southwest Oregon voters favor additional protections for the Rogue River according to a new poll by the public opinion research firm Moore Information. Over 75 percent of respondents in Josephine, Douglas, Jackson and Curry counties support protection… Read more »

White Salmon River to run free tomorrow with breach of Condit Dam

October 25th, 2011|Dams & Dam Removal

Portland, OR – The restoration of Washington’s White Salmon River will begin with a boom Wednesday, when a hole is blasted in the base of the 100 year old Condit Dam. The event will mark a significant milestone for river restoration regiona… Read more »

World’s biggest dam removal begins this week

September 13th, 2011|Dams & Dam Removal

Seattle, WA — The biggest dam removal project in history begins this Saturday on Washington’s Elwha River. American Rivers, the national leader in restoring rivers through dam removal, applauded the effort which will revitalize salmon runs and de… Read more »

Court ruling is a win for healthy rivers, salmon, and communities

August 3rd, 2011|Dams & Dam Removal

Portland – A ruling today by federal Judge James A. Redden delivered a major victory for the Columbia and Snake rivers, imperiled salmon and steelhead runs, and Northwest communities. American Rivers, a plaintiff in the long-standing case, applau… Read more »

New Report Calls for Federal Action to Improve Flood Protection, Other Policies in Face of Climate Change

May 26th, 2011|Climate Change, Floods & Floodplains, Stormwater & Sewage, Water Pollution, Water Supply

Washington, D.C. – With floodwaters still threatening Mississippi River communities, American Rivers today released a report detailing the policy changes needed to protect communities from floods and other effects of climate change. The report re… Read more »

Green River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

May 17th, 2011|Most Endangered Rivers, Water Pollution

Washington – A Canadian corporation recently started exploratory drilling for what could become a 3,000-acre mine near the headwaters of the Green River, despite concerns about the mine’s proximity to the active Mount St. Helens volcano. Th… Read more »

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

May 17th, 2011|Dams & Dam Removal, Floods & Floodplains, Fracking, Most Endangered Rivers, Water Pollution, Wild and Scenic Rivers

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 Endan… Read more »

Bristol Bay Rivers among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

May 17th, 2011|Most Endangered Rivers, Water Pollution

Bristol Bay, Alaska – The rivers and tributaries of Bristol Bay, home to the world’s largest run of wild sockeye salmon, are threatened by what would be North America’s largest open pit mine.  The damage to tribes, clean water, wildli… Read more »

American Rivers Kicks Off 20th Anniversary of National River Cleanup(TM)

April 21st, 2011|National River Cleanup

Washington, DC — American Rivers, the nation’s leading voice for healthy rivers and clean water, today announced the kickoff of National River Cleanup™, now in its 20th year. The program, which mobilizes hundreds of thousands of volun… Read more »

American Rivers releases report on 21st century flood protection solutions

March 11th, 2011|Floods & Floodplains

Washington, DC – As heavy rains swell rivers across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, American Rivers today released a report stressing the urgent need for flood protection solutions that safeguard communities and save taxpayer dollars. The report,… Read more »

The most anti-environmental piece of legislation in history

February 24th, 2011|Most Endangered Rivers, Water Pollution

Just after 4:30 a.m. this past Saturday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed arguably the most anti-environmental piece of legislation in history.  H.R. 1, which would fund the government through the rest of federal Fiscal Year 2011, eviscerates p… Read more »

Bill Introduced to Protect Molalla River as a Wild and Scenic River

February 17th, 2011|Wild and Scenic Rivers

Washington – American Rivers, the Molalla River Alliance, and Oregon Wild today applauded Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representative Kurt Schrader (D- OR- 5th) for reintroducing legislation that will protect 22 miles and 7,000 acres along the Mo… Read more »

Poll shows southeast Idahoans prefer less costly alternatives

February 3rd, 2011|Dams & Dam Removal

IDAHO FALLS – A new poll commissioned by the nation’s leading river conservation organization shows that residents of southeast Idaho prefer cheaper and less environmentally damaging water supply alternatives to rebuilding Teton Dam by a be… Read more »

American Rivers Releases List of 2010 Dam Removals

January 4th, 2011|Dams & Dam Removal

Washington DC – American Rivers, the leading conservation organization fighting for healthy rivers so communities can thrive, today announced its annual list of 60 dams that were removed in 2010, benefitting hundreds of miles of rivers nationwide… Read more »

Major hurdle cleared in effort to remove Condit Dam

December 16th, 2010|Dams & Dam Removal, Most Endangered Rivers

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 Ri… Read more »

American Rivers Announces Four Additions to National Board of Directors

December 2nd, 2010|

(Washington, DC) – American Rivers today announced that it has added four new members to its national board of directors. The new directors bring a wealth of expertise and diversity of experience to American Rivers, the leading organization fight… Read more »

Coalition documents Obama’s ghoulish salmon plan

November 3rd, 2010|Dams & Dam Removal, Water Pollution, Water Supply

PORTLAND, Ore. – A coalition of fishing, business, and conservation organizations asked a federal judge today to declare President Obama’s Columbia and Snake river salmon recovery plan illegal. “We’d like to pretend this plan is… Read more »

It’s Official: Removing Klamath Dams Saves Money for Power Customers

September 17th, 2010|Dams & Dam Removal

Salem, OR – Today the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) – the Oregon agency charged with protecting utility customers – formally ruled, after months of investigation, that the proposed Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement… Read more »

Contract for Largest Dam Removal in US History to be Awarded Today

August 26th, 2010|Dams & Dam Removal

Seattle – The effort to restore a free-flowing Elwha River will reach a critical milestone today, as the National Park Service awards the contract for construction work to remove two outdated dams. Deconstruction will begin in 2011. Brett Swift,… Read more »

DEQ Report is Wake-Up Call that Healthy Forests are Necessary for Clean Drinking Water

July 6th, 2010|Water Pollution

(Portland) – American Rivers highlighted a report released today by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Drinking Water Protection Program as proof that Coast Range communities need healthy forests if they want clean drinking water. The rep… Read more »

American Rivers announces America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2010

June 2nd, 2010|Dams & Dam Removal, Floods & Floodplains, Most Endangered Rivers, Water Pollution, Water Supply

Washington, DC — American Rivers today released its most anticipated report of the year, America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2010. The 25th anniversary edition of the report spotlights ten rivers facing the most urgent threats, and a… Read more »

Chetco River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

June 2nd, 2010|Most Endangered Rivers, Wild and Scenic Rivers

Washington, DC — Expanding plans to mine the Wild and Scenic Chetco River for gold are a threat to the river’s exceptionally clear waters, world class salmon and steelhead populations and popular recreation activities. The instream mining p… Read more »

Teton River Named One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2010

June 2nd, 2010|Dams & Dam Removal, Most Endangered Rivers, Water Supply

Washington, DC — Rebuilding the Teton Dam would waste taxpayer dollars and threatens the Teton River’s popular recreational fishery and whitewater boating. This threat landed the Teton in the number eight spot in America’s Most Endang… Read more »

American Rivers and NOAA Award $157,000 to Restore Rivers and Fisheries in Oregon

May 19th, 2010|Dams & Dam Removal

Washington, DC – Rivers and fisheries in Oregon will benefit from $157,000 in grants from American Rivers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restoration Center. Grants available through the partnership between American… Read more »

America’s Most Endangered Rivers to be Announced June 2

May 17th, 2010|Most Endangered Rivers

(Washington, DC) – American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, will release “America’s Most Endangered Rivers: 2010 Edition” on June 2. The annual report spotlights the ten most imperiled rivers… Read more »

Communities Improving Public Safety through River Restoration

May 5th, 2010|Dams & Dam Removal, Floods & Floodplains

Washington, DC – American Rivers today released the new film, “Restoring America’s Rivers: Preparing for the Future,” which tells the inspiring story of how community leaders around the country are improving public safety and so… Read more »

Alpine Lakes Wilderness & Rivers Bill Passes U.S. House of Representatives

March 18th, 2010|Wild and Scenic Rivers

ALPINE LAKES PROTECTION SOCIETY * AMERICAN RIVERS * AMERICAN WHITEWATER * CASCADE CHAPTER SIERRA CLUB * MIDDLE FORK COALITION * NORTH CASCADES CONSERVATION COUNCIL * THE MOUNTAINEERS * THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY *WASHINGTON TRAILS ASSOCIATION * WASHINGTON… Read more »

American Rivers signs agreements for world’s largest river restoration project

February 18th, 2010|Dams & Dam Removal

Washington, DC — It’s official. After years of negotiations, American Rivers will join Interior Secretary Salazar, Oregon Governor Kulongoski, and California Governor Schwarzenegger today to sign historic agreements to mount an unprecedented restorati… Read more »

One year later, Washington’s clean water benefits from stimulus spending

February 16th, 2010|Water Pollution, Water Supply

Washington, DC – Communities across Washington are reaping the benefits of federal economic stimulus funds, one year after President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law. American Rivers helped secure the $6 billion fo… Read more »

American Rivers stands by Klamath restoration agreements

February 10th, 2010|Dams & Dam Removal

Nevada City, CA — Responding to news reports today that a single conservation organization is retreating from comprehensive agreements to restore the Klamath River that are supported by two governors, the Obama Administration, three tribes, several co… Read more »

American Rivers Announces a New Director of Flood Management Policy

January 25th, 2010|Floods & Floodplains

Washington, DC — American Rivers announced today that it has hired a new Director of Flood Management Policy: Shana Udvardy. Udvardy will work with Members of Congress, relevant government agencies, and other decision-makers to advocate for 21st Centu… Read more »

Klamath Settlement Agreements Finalized

January 8th, 2010|Dams & Dam Removal

Nevada City, CA – Today, after years of difficult negotiations, the diverse group of dozens of stakeholders released the final Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA). Finalizing the agreement marks a major milestone toward solving the challen… Read more »

58 Dams to be Removed in 2009

November 27th, 2009|Dams & Dam Removal

Washington, D.C. — American Rivers today released its annual list of 58 dams in 16 states that have been removed or are slated for removal in 2009. Thanks to the removal of these outdated dams, communities across the country have the opportunity… Read more »

U.S. House Passes Bill to Protect Molalla River as a Wild and Scenic River

November 19th, 2009|Wild and Scenic Rivers

Washington – Today, in a 291-133 bipartisan vote, the House of Representatives approved legislation to designate the Molalla River as a federal Wild and Scenic River.  American Rivers and the Molalla River Alliance applauded Representative Kurt S… Read more »

Mid-Year Update: America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2009

October 20th, 2009|Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC – Six months after American Rivers released America’s Most Endangered Rivers™: 2009 edition last April, thousands of Americans have taken action and critical decisions on many of the rivers are expected soon. Each year, the A… Read more »

The Snake River, one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2009, still faces critical threats

October 20th, 2009|Most Endangered Rivers

Seattle— Six months after American Rivers named the Snake River third on this list of America’s Most Endangered RiversTM for 2009, the river is more endangered than ever, thanks to a recent decision by the Obama administration to defend a 2… Read more »

Uncertain future for Beaver Creek, one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2009

October 20th, 2009|Most Endangered Rivers

Washington— Six months after American Rivers named the Wild and Scenic Beaver Creek one of America’s Most Endangered RiversTM, there have been some recent successes, though the fight for its protection is not over. An oil and gas developmen… Read more »

House Passes Legislation to Designate Illabot Creek as Washington State’s newest Wild and Scenic River

October 13th, 2009|Wild and Scenic Rivers

Seattle– The House of Representatives passed legislation today to designate Illabot Creek, a key tributary of the Skagit River, as a Wild and Scenic River. Representative Rick Larsen (WA-2nd) introduced the legislation, H.R. 1593, in March.  Wash… Read more »

U.S. House Hearing Tomorrow to Protect Molalla River as a Wild and Scenic River

September 30th, 2009|Wild and Scenic Rivers

Washington – The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing at 10:00 am tomorrow, October 1, in room 1334 Longworth House Office Building on legislation introduced by Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-5th District) to designate the Molalla River… Read more »

Klamath Dam Removal Agreement Sets in Motion World’s Biggest River Restoration Project

September 29th, 2009|Dams & Dam Removal

Nevada City, CA – After years of negotiations, the 26 Klamath negotiation parties have reached agreement to remove four dams on the Klamath River to help restore the river and revive its ailing salmon and steelhead runs and aid fishing, tribal an… Read more »

American Rivers names Portland one of nation’s top ‘water wise’ communities

September 17th, 2009|Climate Change

Washington, DC – American Rivers today named Portland as one of the nation’s top “water wise” communities protecting clean water and public health with innovative green solutions. Portland was chosen for its admirable response to sew… Read more »

American Rivers names Seattle one of nation’s top ‘water wise’ communities

September 17th, 2009|Climate Change

Washington, DC – American Rivers today named Seattle as one of the nation’s top “water wise” communities protecting clean water and public health with innovative green solutions. The city was chosen for its cost-effective water conse… Read more »

Obama administration embraces Bush salmon plan on Columbia-Snake rivers

September 15th, 2009|

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… Read more »

Congressman Schrader to Hold Roundtable on Protecting the Molalla as a Wild and Scenic River

August 27th, 2009|Wild and Scenic Rivers

Washington – Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR-5th District) will hold a roundtable with American Rivers and local members of the Molalla River Alliance on Wednesday, September 2nd to discuss ongoing efforts to designate the Molalla River as Wild and Scen… Read more »

Fish runs, public safety will improve thanks to removal of Hemlock Dam

July 1st, 2009|Dams & Dam Removal

Portland, OR- American Rivers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today applauded the U.S. Forest Service and other partners on the upcoming removal of the 26-foot high Hemlock Dam on Trout Creek, a tributary to the Wind Rive… Read more »

American Rivers applauds Wyden and Merkley for championing the Molalla River

June 26th, 2009|Wild and Scenic Rivers

Washington – American Rivers today applauded Oregon Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) for introducing new legislation in the Senate that will protect the Molalla River in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.  The Molalla River Wild and Scenic Ri… Read more »

Rep. DeFazio and Sen. Wyden Introduce New Legislation to Protect the Rogue

June 17th, 2009|Wild and Scenic Rivers

Portland, OR – American Rivers today applauded Representative Peter DeFazio and Senator Wyden for introducing legislation that would designate 40 Rogue River tributaries as Wild and Scenic Rivers.  The legislation, known as H.R. 2890/S. 1271, wou… Read more »

Climate impacts report underscores need to protect, restore Northwest rivers, water resources

June 16th, 2009|Water Pollution, Water Supply

Washington, DC – A national scientific report released by the White House on how climate change will impact water resources and other aspects of society underscores the need to prepare Northwest communities by protecting and restoring rivers and… Read more »

American Rivers Supports Designating Molalla River as Wild and Scenic

June 10th, 2009|Wild and Scenic Rivers

Washington – American Rivers and the Molalla River Alliance today applauded Representative Kurt Schrader for introducing new legislation that will protect 22 miles and approximately 7,000 acres of riverside land along the Molalla River in Oregon’s Will… Read more »

Conservation Group CEOs Ask Obama Administration to Change Bush Salmon Policy

April 24th, 2009|Dams & Dam Removal

Washington, DC –The heads of seven major environmental groups today called on the White House to “revisit and substantially improve” Bush administration salmon and dam management policies on the Snake and Columbia rivers.  The letter calls… Read more »

Stimulus Funds to Speed Timeline for Elwha Dam Removal

April 23rd, 2009|Dams & 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 na… Read more »

Climate change causing many rivers worldwide to shrink

April 23rd, 2009|Climate Change

(Washington, DC) Many of the world’s rivers are losing water and in many cases, climate change is to blame, according to the findings of a new global study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The results, to be published May 15 in th… Read more »

American Rivers names Brett Swift as Northwest regional director

April 21st, 2009|Water Pollution, Water Supply

(Washington, DC) — American Rivers announced today that Brett Swift is the new director of the Northwest regional office. American Rivers, headquartered in Washington, DC, has offices in Seattle and Portland and has played a lead role in Pacific North… Read more »

Rep. Reichert and Sen. Murray Speak on Recently Introduced Washington Wild and Scenic Rivers and Wilderness Legislation

April 10th, 2009|Wild and Scenic Rivers

Seattle – Rep. Dave Reichert and Sen. Patty Murray will hold a press conference today to discuss the new legislation that would grant Wild and Scenic River protection to the Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers, safeguarding clean water, habit… Read more »

Beaver Creek among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

April 7th, 2009|Most Endangered Rivers, Wild and Scenic Rivers

Washington— An oil and gas development scheme on Wild and Scenic Beaver Creek, a Yukon River tributary, threatens clean water, wild salmon, recreation, Alaska Native culture, and one of the nation’s last truly wild rivers. This threat lande… Read more »

Lower Snake River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

April 7th, 2009|Dams & Dam Removal, Most Endangered Rivers

Washington — Four dams on the lower Snake River are driving salmon to the brink of extinction while preventing the Northwest from embracing 21st century energy and transportation opportunities. This threat landed the lower Snake in the number thr… Read more »

President Obama Signs Historic Wild and Scenic River Bill into Law

March 30th, 2009|Wild and Scenic Rivers

Washington, DC – American Rivers applauded President Barack Obama today for signing into the law the second largest Wild and Scenic Rivers package in history. The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 designates 86 new Wild and Scenic Rivers… Read more »

Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie could be Washington’s next Wild and Scenic Rivers

March 27th, 2009|Wild and Scenic Rivers

Washington – American Rivers today applauded the bipartisan work of Rep. Dave Reichert and Sen. Patty Murray in introducing legislation that will protect two of Washington’s great rivers, the Pratt and the Middle Fork Snoqualmie. The legisl… Read more »

American Rivers and NOAA Award $290,000 to Restore Rivers and Improve Fish Passage in Six States

March 26th, 2009|Dams & Dam Removal

 Washington, D.C. – Rivers and fisheries nationwide are getting a boost, thanks to a partnership between American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restora… Read more »

Conservancy, American Rivers Support Designating Illabot Creek as Wild and Scenic

March 19th, 2009|Wild and Scenic Rivers

Seattle, WA – The Nature Conservancy and American Rivers today applauded Representative Rick Larsen and Senator Patty Murray for introducing new legislation that will designate Illabot Creek, a key tributary of the Skagit River, as a Wild and Scenic R… Read more »

Stimulus funding can improve public health, clean water in Oregon

March 18th, 2009|Water Pollution

(Washington, DC) – Oregon is ready to take a big step forward into the 21st century.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has made available $15 million in funding in the form of a set-aside for green infrastructure, and water and… Read more »

Group targets flawed federal levee policies in Puget Sound

February 25th, 2009|

Read the 60-day Notice (PDF) Seattle – An Army Corps of Engineers policy to remove trees and other vegetation from levees on Puget Sound area rivers jeopardizes endangered salmon and may compromise flood protection, American Rivers said today in a 60-d… Read more »

Rogue River’s Contribution to the Economy Larger Than Previously Thought

February 9th, 2009|Wild and Scenic Rivers

The Rogue River is renowned for its world-class whitewater and fishing opportunities, but its economic significance is often overlooked. Two new studies recently conducted by ECONorthwest quantify both the hard revenue generated statewide by recreation… Read more »

New Studies Confirm Klamath Dam Removal Beneficial for Salmon and Water Quality, No Increased Flood Risk

January 27th, 2009|Dams & Dam Removal

Nevada City, CA- Three new reports funded by the California Coastal Conservancy show that removing four large dams on the Klamath River will cause relatively minor negative effects in the short-run, will not require sediment removal, and will provide g… Read more »

American Rivers Calls for Additional Wild and Scenic Protections for John Day Basin

January 26th, 2009|Wild and Scenic Rivers

Portland, Oregon: Thirty-seven miles of the North Fork John Day River should be protected as Wild and Scenic, and the Bureau of Land Management should better control grazing and off-highway vehicle use in order to better protect the clean water and fis… Read more »

16 Water Efficiency Projects Ready-to-go Across Washington to Create Jobs, Boost Clean Water Supply

January 23rd, 2009|Water Pollution

Washington, DC – At least 16 water efficiency projects in Washington are ready to go and will create jobs and improve clean water supply, according to a quick survey conducted by the Alliance for Water Efficiency. The projects which provide a sample o… Read more »

1,000 Miles of Rivers in Seven States to be Protected as Wild and Scenic

January 15th, 2009|Wild and Scenic Rivers

Washington, DC — The second largest Wild and Scenic package in history passed the Senate today, safeguarding over 1,000 miles of rivers in Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Wyoming, Utah, Vermont, and Massachusetts. S. 22, the bi-partisan Omnibus Public Land Ma… Read more »

Bureau of Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Impact Statement on the Black Rock Dam Proposal

December 22nd, 2008|Dams & Dam Removal, Water Supply

(Washington) — The final federal Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Black Rock dam proposal was released today by the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation. According to the EIS, none of the alternatives evaluated for the Stor… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Projects in Oregon Would Create Jobs Stimulate Economy

December 17th, 2008|

Visit www.americanrivers.org/readytogoprojects for project details Visit www.americanrivers.org/greeninfrastructure for information on water infrastructure and economic stimulus Washington, DC – Green infrastructure projects are critical to stimulatin… Read more »

Rogue River, One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2008, Still Faces Critical Threats

December 11th, 2008|Most Endangered Rivers, Wild and Scenic Rivers

Washington, DC — Eight months after American Rivers named the Rogue River one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ for 2008, the river is more endangered than ever, thanks to a new Bureau of Land Management plan that includes clearcut… Read more »

Puget Sound Action Agenda Includes River Protection; Elwha Dam Removal

December 1st, 2008|Dams & Dam Removal

Seattle, Wa— American Rivers, a leader in river conservation and salmon recovery in Washington, applauded the Puget Sound Partnership today on the release of their Action Agenda for recovering Puget Sound to health. The Partnership included suppo… Read more »

Klamath Dams to be Removed Under New Deal

November 13th, 2008|Dams & Dam Removal

Please visit www.AmericanRivers.org/Klamath for related documents and information. Nevada City, CA — In a historic milestone, after years of negotiations with American Rivers and other parties, PacifiCorp has agreed to remove four dams on the Klamath… Read more »

64 Dams to be Removed in 2008

November 12th, 2008|Dams & Dam Removal

Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today released its list of 64 dams in 14 states that have been removed or are slated for removal in 2008. Thanks to the removal of these outdated dams, communities in California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mi… Read more »

New Film Demonstrates the Need to Protect the Rogue River

October 29th, 2008|Wild and Scenic Rivers

Portland, OR — “Run, Rogue, Run,” a short film which American Rivers helped produce, will premiere at two film festivals next weekend in Medford and Portland. The film takes viewers on a journey down the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogu… Read more »

New Report Highlights Economic Benefits of Wild and Scenic Rogue River

September 12th, 2008|Wild and Scenic Rivers

Read the report (PDF) Portland, OR – River-based recreation on the Wild and Scenic Rogue River in 2007 generated $9.8 million in direct spending, and $14 million in total economic output, according to a report by ECONorthwest. The report, commissioned… Read more »

Congress Moves to Safeguard the Wild Rogue River and Other Oregon Treasures

June 18th, 2008|Wild and Scenic Rivers

Portland, OR - Tributaries of the lower Rogue River and other recreational hotspots in western Oregon will be permanently protected by the “Oregon Treasures” legislation introduced today by Representatives Peter DeFazio and Earl Blumenauer… Read more »

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

June 17th, 2008|Climate Change, Dams & Dam Removal

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 Sna… Read more »

Hydropower Dams Won’t Fix Warming World

June 12th, 2008|Climate Change, Dams & Dam Removal

Read a copy of the testimony (PDF) Washington, DC – Hydropower dams aren’t a “silver bullet” when it comes to fighting global warming, and healthy rivers will become increasingly valuable to wildlife and human communities in a warming… Read more »

Bush Administration’s Salmon Plan Falls Short

May 5th, 2008|Dams & Dam Removal

Seattle, WA – The Bush administration today released its revised salmon management plan for the Columbia and Snake rivers. This latest salmon plan calls for less protective operation of federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers than have been order… Read more »

House Passes Copper Salmon Wilderness Act

April 22nd, 2008|Wild and Scenic Rivers

Washington, DC — Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Copper Salmon Wilderness Act introduced by Representative Peter DeFazio that would establish the newest Wild and Scenic Rivers and Wilderness in Oregon. The bill would safeguard… Read more »

Oregon Treasures Proposal will Protect Clean Water, Rivers

April 1st, 2008|Wild and Scenic Rivers

Portland, OR: The drinking water sources and fishing and boating hot spots enjoyed by millions of Oregonians could be permanently protected, thanks to a proposal announced today by Congressmen Peter DeFazio and Earl Blumenauer. The “Oregon Treasu… Read more »

Restored Flows Boost Health of North Fork Skokomish River

March 7th, 2008|Dams & Dam Removal

Seattle, WA For the first time in 80 years, more natural flows will surge down the North Fork Skokomish River today when Tacoma Power releases water from its Cushman hydroelectric project. The 240 cubic feet per second of increased flows are a crucial… Read more »

Costly Black Rock Dam is Risky and Unnecessary

January 29th, 2008|Dams & Dam Removal, Water Supply

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 Reclamat… Read more »

Klamath Negotiators Announce Proposed Agreement

January 15th, 2008|Dams & Dam Removal

For additional information, visit www.AmericanRivers.org/Klamath Nevada City, CA – A sustainable future for the Klamath Basin became a lot closer today, as American Rivers and 25 other parties finalized a proposed Klamath River Basin Restoration Agreem… Read more »

It’s official: Removing Klamath dams is cheapest, most effective option

November 16th, 2007|Dams & Dam Removal

Nevada City, CA - The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today released its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on PacifiCorp’s Klamath hydropower project, concluding: Dam removal would improve water quality, reduce fish disease and increase f… Read more »

Bill introduced to protect Pratt River’s clean water, recreation, wildlife

November 8th, 2007|Wild and Scenic Rivers

Seattle, WA -  Congressman Dave Reichert (R-8th) today introduced a bill to protect Washington’s Pratt River, one of the last truly wild rivers in King County. HR 4113 (The Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Wild Pratt River Act) would grant W… Read more »

Administration’s Columbia Basin salmon plan is another failure

October 31st, 2007|Dams & Dam Removal

NOTE: Read our initial analysis, Five reasons why the new Columbia-Snake salmon plan is a failure Seattle, WA – As the Bush administration released another scientifically inadequate salmon plan for the Columbia and Snake rivers today, American Rivers c… Read more »

NOAA Awards More Than $800,000 To American Rivers

October 9th, 2007|Dams & Dam Removal

Washington, DC—The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and American Rivers announced an $800,355 grant to renew their joint effort to restore streams and rivers in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, North… Read more »