Washington State is blessed with incredible rivers that deliver clean cold water to salmon, wildlife, residents, businesses and the Puget Sound. They are central to our unique quality of life. However, few of these rivers are permanently protected from new dam construction, unsustainable logging, mining and unmaintained roads. For example, Washington State has only 250 miles of designated Wild & Scenic Rivers compared to Oregon’s 2,000 miles.
The National Wild & Scenic Rivers System was created by Congress in 1968 (full description of WSR Act) to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations. The Act is notable for safeguarding the special character of these rivers, while also recognizing the potential for their appropriate use and development. It encourages river management that crosses political boundaries and promotes public participation in developing goals for river protection.
Washington Wild works with coalition partners to support river management on our public lands and oppose logging, mining and other development that threaten to adversely impact river values. While we understand and support hydro-electric power as a renewable and clean energy source, we oppose proposals to add new dams to free flowing rivers. A better strategy is upgrading power production from the many aging dams that already exist on our rivers and streams.
Despite widespread opposition from the public, conservation and recreation groups, and local businesses, the Forest Service issued a final decision consenting to exploratory drilling in the Green River valley, just outside the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. The Green River flows through old growth forests, roadless areas, volcanic blast zone, and the Mount St. […]
Today, the Forest Service issued a final decision consenting to exploratory drilling in the Green River valley, just outside the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. The Green River flows through old growth forests, roadless areas, volcanic blast zone, and the Mount St. Helens National Monument. This untouched paradise provides critical habitat for salmon, drinking […]
Today, H.R. 3043, the Hydropower Policy Modernization Act passed the House floor with a vote of 257-166. This legislation is a devastating assault on our nation’s rivers and the people and wildlife that depend upon them. Its passage would end 95 years of balance in hydropower licensing, tipping the scales against taxpayers and in favor […]