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Paddle to DC: A Quest for Clean Water

Paddle to DC: A Quest for Clean Water

By Dave Freeman   |   Nov 20, 2014 November 20, 2014

The plastic sign posted to a tree in our campsite reads: “ALL FISH MUST BE RETURNED TO THE WATER IMMEDIATELY. FISH CONTAMINATED WITH PCBs DO NOT EAT.” Paddling through a superfund site is not typically part of a canoe trip, but on day 73 and 74 of our journey… Read More

Elwha River Uplift

Elwha River Uplift

By Dylan Tomine   |   Sep 8, 2014 September 8, 2014

The kids and I decided to squeeze in one last, close-to-home, weekday excursion before school started, so we headed over to the newly dam-free Elwha River for a little float. The last piece of the upper dam was removed last week, so it seemed like a good time to… Read More

The Colorado River claws its way to the sea for the first time in nearly two decades thanks to a historic binational agreement in the spring of 2014. The temporary

Delta Dawn

By Pete McBride   |   Aug 27, 2014 August 27, 2014

On an unusual Monday in March in the hamlet of San Luis Río Colorado, in the Mexican state of Sonora, hundreds of people gathered below a bridge that spans the dry channel of the Colorado River. The polka-beat of Ranchero music mixed with the sound of laughter across the… Read More

[Above: Rough and Ready Creek, just outside the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, is ripe for protection. All photos courtesy of Zachary Collier/Northwest Rafting Co.]

Kalmiopsis Wilderness

By Zachary Collier   |   Feb 12, 2013 February 12, 2013

“Why wilderness? Because we like the taste of freedom. Because we like the smell of danger.” ―Edward Abbey Wilderness means different things to different people. For some, heading out of cell phone range is enough to make them feel like Grizzly Adams, but the Wilderness Act, signed by President… Read More

[Above: Washington’s White Salmon river was officially opened to boaters this month after the removal of the Condit Dam, and spawning salmon have already been spotted upstream for the first time in a century. Photos by Ben Knight/DamNation]

DamNation – Free-Flowing Again

By Katie Klingsporn   |   Nov 30, 2012 November 30, 2012

A little over a year ago, a 125-foot-tall dam stood in Washington’s White Salmon River, a concrete plug with a serene reservoir at its back and a trickle of river spilling out downstream. But it’s hard to tell that today. The Condit Hydroelectric Dam, which was built in the… Read More

The River Speaks… and So Can You

The River Speaks… and So Can You

By Chris Kassar   |   Dec 9, 2011 December 9, 2011

By Chris Kassar Every time I kneel down next to a river – even if just for a moment – I swear I can hear it speak to me. I know this probably sounds crazy, but I also know I’m not the only one who hears wise murmurs rising… Read More

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