The Current: A Steady Stream of River News

September 2010
River Guardian Society

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Major Milestone Reached in Elwha Dam Removal Effort

Glines Canyon Dam, Elwha River courtesy of Scott ChurchWashington's Elwha River has been blocked by the Elwha Dam and Glines Canyon Dam for 100 years. The National Park Service recently awarded the contract for construction work to remove these two outdated dams, and begin a landmark river restoration effort. At 210 feet tall, Glines Canyon Dam will be the tallest dam ever removed.

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Lessons from Hurricane Katrina

WetlandThe fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is a reminder that our nation needs a new, 21st century approach to flood management. Because wetlands and floodplains naturally store and slowly release floodwaters, it's time for Congressional action to protect and restore this "green infrastructure" and safeguard communities in the face of a changing climate.

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Are You Leaving a Trace on Your Favorite River?

Bargamin Creek IDWe all enjoy visiting our favorite rivers, but are we leaving evidence of our visit when we go? Leave No Trace, the national program for outdoor ethics, offers guidelines for minimizing our impact on nature. Ben Lawhon, the Education Director for Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics, shares his thoughts about the special considerations river lovers should keep in mind.

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Show Us Your Favorite River Photo

Penobscot River by Bill CurtsingerDo you have a great picture of a river that you'd like to share? Maybe you've been rafting down the Colorado or canoeing on the Delaware, or just exploring your backyard stream. We invite you to share your favorite river photos. They can include people rafting, kayaking, swimming, or fishing. Or maybe you have scenic photos of the river itself or of fish and wildlife. Your photo could appear in our American Rivers magazine, on our website or Facebook pages, or in other projects and publications. If we use your photo, we will send you copies for you to keep and share.

Learn more at www.americanrivers.org/photoupload

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Fall River Cleanups are Coolest

Clean Sweep of the Great Miami and Cox Cleanup 2010Fall is the perfect time to host or attend a river clean-up. Vegetation tends to be lower (making trash easier to spot), cooler temperatures allow volunteers to stay out longer, and school groups can often earn community service hours. If you haven't already registered your group's fall clean-up, or are interested

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Take action today

Take action today and tell the Obama administration to make rivers a priority in the America's Great Outdoors initiative at www.americanrivers.org/alert1203.

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