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The U.S. Supreme Court is weakening protections for watersheds. We’re restoring them.

From Trout Unlimited  |  6/1/2023

With Clean Water Act protections in jeopardy, on-the-ground restoration is more vital than ever

Federal Debt Ceiling Legislation Bad Deal for Rivers

From American Whitewater  |  5/31/2023

Legislation raising the federal debt ceiling includes unrelated provisions weakening the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by limiting environmental reviews of federally permitted activities. NEPA is a critically important safeguard that ensures that federal agencies consider the environmental impacts of hydropower dams, pipelines, mining projects, public access enhancements, and other activities when issuing permits. The […]

The Supreme Court’s Decision on Sackett and What That Means for the Yuba Watershed

From South Yuba River Citizens League  |  5/31/2023

In a significant ruling on May 25, 2023, the Supreme Court delivered a decision that carries profound implications for the Clean Water Act, the landmark water pollution law. The Court concluded that the property owned by an Idaho couple does not fall within the scope of wetlands that are subject to federal oversight under the […]

Dam Safety is Top Priority in California

From American Rivers  |  5/31/2023

May 31 marks National Dam Safety Awareness Day, established after the South Fork Dam failure of 1889 took the lives of 2,200 Pennsylvanians. The threat of dam failure persisted into the early 20th century for Californians, when the St. Francis Dam, located just north of Los Angeles, collapsed and swept a 140-foot-tall wall of water […]

Year Two of Releases on Utah’s Weber River Set

From American Whitewater  |  5/30/2023

This year marks the second year of recreational releases on the Scrambled Eggs section of the Weber River in Utah! American Whitewater negotiated these releases over the past few years and is excited to celebrate year two, and wow what a different year it is! Massive snowpack is providing flows that far exceed the hydropower […]

Snake River Flows Secured, For Now

From Trout Unlimited  |  5/25/2023

Near the dramatic jagged peaks of the Teton mountains sits Jackson Lake Dam.

Sackett v. EPA decision on Clean Water Act

From Idaho Rivers United  |  5/25/2023

Today, the Supreme Court rolled back protections under the Clean Water Act (CWA) by severely limiting the interpretation that adjacent wetlands will be protected and considered “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) except in extremely limited circumstances. For decades, the definition of WOTUS has been a moving target as the CWA’s protections only extend to […]

Supreme Court Narrows Clean Water Act

From American Whitewater  |  5/25/2023

The Supreme Court today issued a decision that significantly narrowed the scope of the Clean Water Act protection of wetlands adjacent to rivers. The Court ruled in a 5-4 decision in Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency that only wetlands that have a “continuous surface connection” to a river are subject to the Clean Water Act. The decision […]

Grand Canyon Flow Management Delayed Again (AZ)

From American Whitewater  |  5/25/2023

On May 22, the federal government announced it was postponing planning efforts for the Colorado River basin in order to assess a new proposal brought forward by the lower Colorado River Basin states. This is a big turn of events since we reported on this two weeks ago and called you all to take action.While […]

First Klamath River Dam to be Removed by End of Summer

From California Trout  |  5/24/2023

We are thrilled to share that (de-)construction for removal of the Klamath River dams is well underway. Copco 2, the first of four lower dams slated to be removed, will be removed by the end of September, according to Mark Bransom, CEO of the Klamath River Renewal Corporation. How will Copco 2 be removed? In […]