In 1988, Pacific Rivers (then Oregon Rivers Council) took the unprecedented step of crafting the nation’s first large federal river protection act, the landmark Oregon Omnibus National Wild and Scenic River Act of 1988. This Act remains the largest river protection legislation in the nation’s history. It added 40 outstanding rivers totaling 1500 river miles to the National Wild and Scenic River system in Oregon. Seven additional rivers were given “Study” status for future designation.
Segments of the following rivers were added to the system:
Big Marsh Creek
Donner und Blitzen River
Grande Ronde River
John Day River
Little Deschutes River
North Fork Crooked River
North Fork John Day River
North Fork Malheur River
North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River
Take Action Public Comment is open for Chehalis River Dam proposal. The Washington Department of Ecology released the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement that evaluates the impacts the proposed dam will have on the environment. Public comment will be open until May 27th. You can help these fish by submitting your comments about the dam today. The Chehalis is the last watershed of its size in the Northwest where salmon and steelhead are not listed under the Endangered Species Act. This is no place for a dam. We encourage the state to relocate at-risk properties to safer ground, flood proof critical infrastructure and restore river and floodplain function in order to reduce flood risk and restore salmon habitat.