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A Smith River Remembrance

Most Endangered Rivers
The Smith River generates at least $10 million annually for the local economy through recreation was listed as an Endangered River due to a proposed copper mine along a major headwaters tributary.... Read More

Protecting Streams from Coal Mining

Conserving Clean Water, Water Supply
The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s proposed rule, the Stream Protection Rule, will help to protect waterways from the adverse impacts of coal mining.... Read More

Making the connection between headwaters and drinking water

Water Supply
This past week I had a chance to see first-hand the connections between headwaters and drinking water that we think about a lot here at American Rivers. I was backpacking with my family in the Vogelsang region of Yosemite National Park under clear blue skies with high Sierra meadows... Read More

Hopeful news for the endangered Columbia River!

Most Endangered Rivers
The endangered Columbia River is the lifeblood of the Pacific Northwest, cranking out energy and irrigation water for the benefit of millions of Pacific Northwest communities, industries, and farms. However, the dams that have provided these long-term benefits have taken their toll on the Columbia native fisheries, including salmon... Read More

Restoring Meadows Like Beavers Lives Depend On It

Restoring Damaged Rivers
“Four point six feet,” I say, pulling a stadia rod out of the water and back onto the inflatable kayak, “but I think it’s deeper over there.” I’m measuring the depth of a beaver pond in a Sierra Nevada meadow that American Rivers is restoring this summer. I paddle... Read More

Protect the threatened Rogue, Smith, and Illinois Rivers

Most Endangered Rivers, Wild and Scenic Rivers
This week, Oregon Senators Wyden and Merkley along with Representatives DeFazio(OR) and Huffman(CA) lead the charge towards protecting the highest concentration of Wild and Scenic Rivers in the contiguous United States. The Smith, Rogue, and Illinois Rivers are threatened by proposed industrial nickel strip mining that could decimate these... Read More