Idaho Rivers United is a conservation organization representing all who love the freedom, adventure and solitude of Idaho’s rivers. Our mission is to protect and restore the rivers of Idaho.

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(208) 343-7481
kevin@idahorivers.org

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2/23/2021

Op-Ed:  Drive for profit has taken S. Fork, salmon to edge of extinction

*Midas Gold Corp. has recently changed its name to Perpetua Resources  Drive for profit has taken S. Fork, salmon to edge of extinction BY KEVIN LEWIS, former IRU Executive Director, originally published in The Star News Idaho’s South Fork Salmon River is one of Idaho’s gems. Winding through the rugged mountains east of McCall, this […]

2/7/2021

PRESS RELEASE: Idaho Rivers United applauds Congressman Simpson on Columbia Basin Fund plan to restore Lower Snake River and salmon

PRESS RELEASE: Idaho Rivers United applauds Congressman Simpson on Columbia Basin Fund plan to restore Lower Snake River and salmon Boise ID – In response to Congressman Simpson’s introduction of the Columbia Basin Fund, Idaho Rivers United (IRU) Executive Director, Nic Nelson, issued the following statement: “Congressman Mike Simpson has just taken the most meaningful step […]

1/20/2021

Governor Little’s Salmon Workgroup Final Recommendations Released

Governor Little’s Salmon Workgroup Final Recommendations Released In early January, the Governor’s Office released the Salmon Workgroup’s final policy recommendations report. It prominently acknowledged the desire Idahoans have for “abundant, sustainable, and well-distributed” populations of wild salmon and steelhead, beyond achieving simple Endangered Species Act (ESA) delisting criteria. The Workgroup established that the State of […]

1/19/2021

PRESS RELEASE: Fishing, Conservation Groups Return to Court to Challenge Latest Failed Plan for Columbia-Snake Salmon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 19, 2021  Media Contacts Maggie Caldwell, mcaldwell@earthjustice.org, (347) 527-6397 (contact about the litigation) Brett VandenHeuvel, bv@columbiariverkeeper.org, (503) 348-2436 (contact about hot water) Nic Nelson, nic@idahorivers.org, (208) 343-7481 Glen Spain (PCFFA), fish1ifr@aol.com  (541) 689-2000 Fishing, Conservation Groups Return to Court to Challenge Latest Failed Plan for Columbia-Snake Salmon The legal battle continues after […]

12/16/2020

Governor’s Salmon Workgroup Wraps Up: Recap & What’s Next

Governor Brad Little’s Salmon Workgroup wrapped up a year and a half of discussion at their December 15th meeting. The Governor sat in on the first portion of the meeting, commending the months of hard work and collaboration that had taken place. Over the past 18 months, the work group crafted a set of consensus […]

11/23/2020

Our Rivers Are For Everyone: IRU’s Partnership with Inclusive Idaho, Boise Bicycle Project

Our Rivers Are For Everyone: IRU’s Partnership with Inclusive Idaho, Boise Bicycle Project Structural racism impacts every aspect of the environmental movement, from who is allowed to access outdoor spaces, who is hardest hit by climate change, and who are allowed to be an environmentalist and make a living in that field. Many issues came […]

10/23/2020

PRESS RELEASE: Fishing, Conservation Groups Take Step to Renew Legal Challenge to Columbia-Snake Hydropower Operations

“The failure of this federal plan to adequately address the rapid extirpation of salmon and steelhead in Idaho and the Snake River Basin cannot be overstated. Instead of proposing solutions that get us to an abundance of wild fish, this continues down the decades-long path of failed recovery efforts. This plan fails Idaho, the angling […]

10/21/2020

The Four Governor’s Agreement: What the statement from Idaho, Washington, Montana, and Oregon means for salmon

The Four Governor’s Agreement: What the statement from Idaho, Washington, Montana, and Oregon means for salmon The Governors of Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Montana have committed to working together in salmon and steelhead recovery in a recently signed agreement. Alongside Tribes and stakeholders, the four states have set out to increase salmon abundance throughout the […]

8/14/2020

Stibnite Draft EIS Released, Putting Headwaters of the South Fork Salmon at Risk

The DEIS for this massive, open-pit gold mine is so inadequate that it precludes meaningful analysis. This DEIS, put simply, does nothing to alleviate our concerns about the myriad risks Midas would pose to the watershed of the South Fork, the recreational values of the area, and the public lands that it will impact. -Nic […]

7/31/2020

Click Here for PDF version ### NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 7/31/2020 Contacts: Nic Nelson, Executive Director – Nic@idahorivers.org, 208-343-7481 Stephen Pfeiffer, Conservation Associate – stephen@idahorivers.org, 208-343-7481 Federal Agencies Fail Salmon & Idaho in Columbia-Snake River FEIS Plan Today, The Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, and Bonneville Power Administration released the Final Environmental […]