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 The Snake River once supported millions of salmon and steelhead but now those runs are threatened with extinction. The solution is to remove the four dams on the lower Snake River, invest in infrastructure and renewable energy sources to ensure farmers can still irrigate their crops, and our power is carbon free. It also requires the fundamental restructuring of the Bonneville Power Administration (the federal agency in charge of marketing power from the dams) to eliminate the many conflicts of interests that work to prevent real salmon recovery. Congressman Mike Simpson of Idaho is leading this charge but it requires support from the rest of the Pacific Northwest Congressional delegation.
Please contact Congressman Simpson’s Chief of Staff Lindsay Slater and tell him you support their efforts to restore salmon and reform BPA. 2084 Rayburn HOB, Washington D.C. 20515 (202) 225-5531