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Snake River Vision: Tribal Rights

Environmental Justice
In the signing of the treaties with indigenous nations, the US government guaranteed fishing and hunting in the usual and accustomed places. Part of our joint contract is that there be fish to catch and game to hunt. We cannot make a contract that people can fish and then... Read More

Snake River Vision: Climate Resilience

Climate Change & Rivers
Hot water kills salmon and steelhead, and a warming climate means warming water. Impacts on salmon and steelhead are amplified in heavily dammed systems like the Columbia and Snake, where giant lakes of impounded water behind dams warm quickly in summer and early fall months—and stay warm. ... Read More

Snake River Vision: Job Security

Dam Removal, Restoring Damaged Rivers, Uncategorized
The Northwest has long understood that the economy and the environment are interconnected, and their integration is one of the region’s greatest strengths. Ensuring the health of Northwest rivers is not just the right thing to do for our ecosystems; healthy rivers also support other, long-time, bedrock economic sectors... Read More

Can the South Fork Salmon River be saved?

Protecting Rivers, Water Pollution
The South Fork Salmon River is a national treasure that provides critical spawning habitat for the longest distance, high-elevation salmon migration on earth, as well as world class whitewater recreation, fishing, and opportunities for solitude.... Read More

Top 10 Strategies for Climate Resilience in the CO Basin

Protecting Rivers, Restoring Damaged Rivers
Experts are sounding the alarm (and have been) about the realities of a simultaneously drying and ever-more-water-demanding West. We must invest in immediate strategies for managing the situation brought on by the climate crisis. A recent report to which American Rivers contributed outlines some such strategies for climate resilience... Read More

Snake River Vision: Energy Replacement

Energy Development, Hydropower
At American Rivers, we believe that any plan to remove the four lower Snake River dams must include an equitable and robust economic transition plan for affected communities. A key component of our regional dialogue must include the feasibility of replacing the dams’ services with alternative methods of transportation,... Read More

Snake River Vision: Vibrant Agriculture

Environmental Justice, Restoring Damaged Rivers
America’s bold bet on barging and hydropower on the Columbia and Snake—and the massive commitment to infrastructure and technology it required—changed the Northwest. We know now that along with those benefits came an enormous cost.... Read More