The mission of American Rivers is to protect wild rivers, restore damaged rivers and conserve clean water for people and nature.

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Ted Illston
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Resources from American RiversAll resources

Comments & Filings › Laws, court cases, and filings   7/2/2021

Felt Dam Draft License Application Comment

Tribal Resources › Videos   12/17/2020

Guardians of the River

Videos   1/1/2013

Hydropower Reform Can Save Rivers

Videos   1/1/2007

Marmot Dam Removal

Comments & Filings › Laws, court cases, and filings › Sample pleadings   8/16/2021

Motion to Intervene & Comments on Draft Supplemental EIS on the Coosa Project

Comments & Filings › Laws, court cases, and filings   4/23/2021

Office of Public Participation Comment

Hydro guides › Recommended reading   1/1/1989

Rivers at Risk: The Concerned Citizen’s Guide to Hydropower

Videos   1/1/2012

Save the Skykomish River

Recommended reading › Tribal Resources   4/14/2020

The Sacred River (The Source, Spring 2020)

Videos   9/2/2011

Year of the River


News and updates from American RiversAll news


Prioritizing dam removal and river restoration: an update on federal legislation

There are major efforts underway that would have a transformational impact on river health, removing dams and restoring healthy, free-flowing rivers nationwide. American Rivers is a strong advocate for both the 21st Century Dams Act and the removal of the four dams on the lower Snake River as top priorities for Congress and the Biden […]


A Good First Step for our Infrastructure

It’s hard not to get excited about the investment included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework currently moving through congress. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act would invest $55 billion in water infrastructure, $12 billion for flood management and  over $4.5 billion for watershed restoration. It is a good start, but more needs to be done. In our […]


Is Your River Facing a Critical Decision in 2022? Nominate it today!

Is your river facing a decision in the coming year that will impact its fate? America’s Most Endangered Rivers® is the most influential national campaign to galvanize public action and secure victories for rivers, clean water and communities. Every year, American Rivers, an environmental non-profit, generates a report and media blast on 10 rivers at […]


Snake River Vision: Job Security

Well before 2021, the Northwest had moved beyond the idea that the economy and environment were distinct sectors to be considered separately, somehow independent of one another. The Northwest has long understood the two are interconnected and for our region, that is a good thing. The integration of the economy and the environment is one […]


Snake River Vision: Climate Resilience

The Columbia River Basin was once the world’s largest producer of salmon and steelhead, with an estimated 10-16 million adults returning from the Pacific Ocean each year to spawn in the basin’s freshwater rivers and streams prior to 1850. Today we evaluate overall returns based on trends due to the high variability among species, populations, […]


Snake River Vision: Tribal Rights

We tend to think of history as a rigid, academic discipline, measuring specific events against linear time, painstakingly verifying them with artifacts and other records. The recent discovery of artifacts unearthed at a site known today as Cooper’s Ferry along Idaho’s Salmon River carbon-dated back 16,500 years. This was big news, establishing Cooper’s Ferry as […]


New Web Project Traces Every Waterway in Contiguous U.S.

Calling all river-lovers and map enthusiasts! A new web project called River Runner, created by data analyst Sam Learner, allows you to follow the path of a raindrop anywhere in the contiguous United States. Using data from the United States Geological Survey, Learner mapped the flow of water throughout all 48 adjoining states. Just click […]


“Supercharging” river restoration: a landmark bill to boost dam removal nationwide

This blog was written by Ted Illston and Brian Graber. The impacts of climate change — felt first and hardest on rivers and water resources in the form of floods and droughts — threaten fragile ecosystems, public health and safety, cultural heritage, our economy and our future. It’s why restoring healthy, free-flowing rivers must be a top priority for Congress and the Biden […]


Salmon and Orca Summit a historic milestone, opportunity for action

Salmon and orca are facing extinction as dams block river habitat and climate change heats up Northwest streams. That’s why the Salmon and Orca Summit on July 7 and 8, hosted by the Nez Perce Tribe and the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, is so timely. The summit, which will take place on the traditional homelands of the Squaxin Island Tribe, represents hope, opportunity, and […]


River Democracy Act: Protecting Headwater Streams Protects Rivers

As our collective understanding of the value of healthy watersheds has grown, so too has our appreciation of the critically important role of source water and intermittent streams — those that flow only part of the year — play in providing clean water, habitat and recreation. Across Oregon we have many examples of intermittent and […]