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.
Washington Wild Sends Letter in Support of Strong Regulations for new Motorized Suction Dredge Mining Law
Washington Wild and 66 undersigned organizations sent a letter to the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) in support of strong regulations for the recently passed ESHB 1261, which restricts motorized suction dredge mining in river reaches designated as critical habitat for salmon and endangered fish species. Passage of this legislation was the result […]
What could a pending mining permit in the Skagit headwaters mean for us downstream? In this conservation chat, activist and Washington Wild supporter Jaidacyn Madrigal offers key impacts and insights into the issue and provides an easy way you can take action to protect the Skagit. A growing international coalition is urging the Canadian government […]
Washington Wild Coordinates Letter Supporting Strong Management of Middle Fork Snoqualmie & Pratt Wild & Scenic Rivers
Washington Wild coordinated a letter to the U.S. Forest Service undersigned by 23 conservation, recreation, and wildlife organizations supporting strong management of Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Pratt Wild and Scenic Rivers. As one of the closest mountain valleys to the greater Seattle area, the Middle Fork Snoqualmie watershed receives considerable attention and use. Running through […]