River Action Alerts

Grassroots support and public participation are essential to reforming the antiquated laws and policies that degrade Oregon waterways.

With comment periods coming up on revised groundwater allocation rules and the Integrated Water Resources Strategy (IWRS) update process, we’ll be calling on you for help throughout this year.

Sign up today for our River Action Alerts, and share this sign-up page with your friends, family and colleagues. We need the voices of all Oregonians who believe rivers need water. Many thanks for adding your voice and lending your support. More to come.

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Tell the Governor and ODFW to Hold Winchester Dam Owners Accountable

Sept. 7, 2023

Repairs on Winchester Dam may be complete, but the environmental cost to native fish and habitat is just beginning to be tallied. ODFW must hold dam owners and operators accountable for the chaos of August on the North Umpqua River.

No More Winchester Dam Disasters

Aug. 26, 2023

Tell your elected officials to support removal of Winchester Dam near Roseburg and restore a free-flowing North Umpqua River that benefits native fish, wildlife, and the Oregon communities that depend on it.

Take a Survey to Support Oregon Rivers

May 23, 2023

Lend your voice to the water needs of rivers, fish, wildlife and the people and communities who depend on healthy rivers as part of Oregon’s Integrated Water Resources Strategy (IWRS) update.

Speak Up for Rivers and Fish in Oregon’s Integrated Water Resources Strategy Update

May 8, 2023

Take a moment to lend your voice and share your thoughts on the water needs of rivers and native fish as part of Oregon’s Integrated Water Resources Strategy (IWRS) update.

Help Oregon Rivers Today — Speak in Support of ODFW’s Water Program

March 20, 2023

We know you care about Oregon’s rivers, or you wouldn’t be here. NOW is the moment to speak up of ODFW’s water program. It’s critical the Oregon legislature hear from you, your friends, family, and colleagues.

Tell State Officials the Time for Dam Operators to Add Fish Passage is NOW

Sept. 22, 2022

You can help hold accountable operators of dams and artificial obstructions on Oregon waterways that continue to block fish from migrating to important habitats.

Support Flow Protections for Rogue, Umpqua, and South Coast Streams

Sept. 1, 2021

Act now to urge the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) to support new Instream Water Right applications in the Rogue, Umpqua, and South Coast basins.

Speak Up for Critical Investments in Oregon Waters, Fish and Wildlife

April 12, 2021

Oregon’s rivers, fish, and wildlife need your help. Share your input on our water funding priorities for the next two years.

Speak Out on Mega-Dairy Water Demands

March 16, 2021

Now is a great opportunity to comment on the impacts mega-dairies have on Oregon’s water resources.

Support Flow Protections for Rogue, Umpqua, and South Coast Streams

Feb. 16, 2021

A reminder to tell the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) to support new Instream Water Rights in the Rogue, Umpqua and streams and creeks of the South Coast.

Support Flow Protections for Rogue, Umpqua, and South Coast Streams

Feb. 10, 2021

Take a moment to tell the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) to support new Instream Water Rights in the Rogue, Umpqua, and streams and creeks of the South Coast.

Tell the Water Resources Department to Close the Stockwatering Loophole

Oct. 27, 2020

Act now to limit new, unpermitted use of groundwater for “stockwatering” in the Umatilla Basin — tell the Oregon Water Resources Department to close the stockwatering loophole.

HB 2437 Rulemaking — Protect Oregon’s Wetlands

July 27, 2020

The draft rules for HB 2437 fail to fully address our concerns with the implementation of this highly unfavorable bill. Ask the state to protect our homegrown wetlands, and stop allowing the cruel removal or fill of undisturbed and native wetlands.

Support Fish Passage at Bowman Dam and the Restoration on Instream Flows In the Crooked River Basin

June 16, 2020

Bowman Dam is considered the highest priority fish passage barrier in the Deschutes watershed — lend your voice today to urge the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to deny the fish passage waiver application now being considered.

Tell Congress to Make Fish a Priority

June  14, 2020

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is asking Congress to approve a plan for dividing water in its 13 Willamette Basin reservoirs including the Detroit, Green Peter, Cougar, Lookout Point, Fern Ridge, and others — but the plan would make already endangered salmon and steelhead even more vulnerable. Tell your federal representatives and senators this is bad policy and NOT to approve the plan.

Stop a Wasteful Giveaway of Public Lands — Ask Gov. Brown to Veto Section 115(15) Of HB 5050

Aug.  7, 2019

Ask Governor Brown to use her line item veto power this Friday to strike down Section 115(15) of HB 5050, which would grant $452,930 of taxpayer funds to a logging and wood products interest group for a sediment study of the lower Rogue River.  

Protect Our Wetlands — Ask Gov. Brown to Veto HB 2437

July 30, 2019

Please urge Governor Brown to veto HB 2437 and protect Oregon’s ecologically and economically important wetlands and intermittent streams. Wetlands are critical to Oregon’s environment, communities, and economic health. It is more important than ever to protect Oregon’s natural resources that help with our state’s climate resiliency goals. 

Help Oregon’s Wetlands — Urge Legislators to Oppose HB 2438B

June 24, 2019

Oregon’s wetlands and waters need your help. Contact your state legislators today and urge them to oppose HB 2436B. In the last days of the legislative session, developers are making a back door attempt to roll back a bedrock law that has been in place for 40 years which protects Oregon’s wetlands, estuaries, rivers, and streams.

Reduce Harm from Mega-Dairies — Ask Legislators to Support SB 103

March 8, 2019

Contact your state legislators and urge them to support Senate Bill 103. Earlier this year, Lost Valley Farm mega-dairy near Boardman closed under a cloud of permit violations, drug arrests, and bankruptcy. The mega-dairy was also was exploiting an old loophole in Oregon’s water-use permitting requirements meant to benefit smaller livestock operations — not industrial mega-dairies. The Oregon Legislature is now considering a bill to prevent a repeat of this disaster. 

Tell Your Senators to Vote NO on Anti-Salmon Interior Secretary Nominee

Feb. 8, 2019

Tell Senators Wyden and Merkley you expect them to vote “NO” on the nomination of David Bernhardt as the next Secretary of the Interior. Bernhardt is a former oil, agribusiness, and mining lobbyist who spent a decade representing wealthy agribusiness groups seeking to undo protections for struggling salmon populations in California’s biggest rivers.

Support the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Water Program

April 11, 2018

Dial in some time to attend a public hearing on ODFW’s 2019-2021 budget request. In early April the agency will begin holding town hall meetings across the state, and will accept public comments via email and U.S. mail through May 1st.

Ask Gov. Brown to Close the “Stockwatering” Loophole in Oregon’s Water Laws

April 10, 2018

A new mega-dairy in Eastern Oregon has been using a “stockwatering” exemption in Oregon’s water laws, enabling it to take almost one million gallons of water per day (!) from an already compromised aquifer in the Umatilla Basin.

Help Stop the Water Grab Endangering Klamath Waterfowl

March 23, 2018

You can help avoid another catastrophic die-off of migratory birds as millions of migrating birds bear down on the Klamath Basin this spring.  Officials recently proposed draining what little water is left in the refuge’s publicly-owned wetlands to serve private agribusiness interests, risking serious injury to waterfowl.