Our new issue of the Free Flow Newsletter is out now! Download a copy today or read it at the Pacific Rivers website
This Summer's issue includes great insights and perspectives on Representative Mike Simpson's plan to breach the four Lower Snake River Dams to restore salmon runs while investing widely in the region's clean energy, irrigation, and transportation infrastructure to replace the benefits the dams provide. Don't miss the eye-opening guest columns looking at the economics of the Bonneville Power Administration and the Lower Snake Dams and a harrowing assessment of the failure of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council to restore salmon populations after the dams were built. Shane Anderson also provides an inspiring storytelling update on our two new films
We're proud of this issue of Free Flow and the work and advocacy it celebrates. We hope you have time to check it out and find the essays, updates, and beautiful photos inspiring and informative.
Launched on the first day of National Rivers Month, our latest film celebrates Senator Ron Wyden’s efforts to permanently protect nearly 4700 miles of free-flowing Oregon Rivers nominated by our fellow citizens as Wild and Scenic. These new Wild and Scenic Rivers will permanently protect our clean water and native species, improve fire resiliency, honor Tribal co-management, guarantee ongoing recreational and economic opportunity, and firmly establish Oregon as the country’s undisputed leader in permanent river protection.
As Senator Wyden explains in our new film, the River Democracy Act is about protecting Oregon’s treasures and, on our watch, truly doing something meaningful for the future of all our kids and grandkids.
The mission of Pacific Rivers is to protect and restore the watershed ecosystems of the West to ensure river health, biodiversity and clean water for present and future generations.