Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have introduced legislation to remedy this. The River Democracy Act would permanently conserve some 4,700 miles of Oregon rivers and creeks as Wild and Scenic.
You can help Wild Steelheaders United make sure this important legislation becomes law. We can start by thanking Senators Wyden and Merkley for their leadership in delivering this major conservation solution.
The streams proposed for Wild and Scenic designation under the River Democracy Act reflect a remarkable process for building legislation: Wyden and Merkley polled Oregonians on what stream segments should be included. The result of the 15,000 responses they received? Many of the streams called out for better protection provide spawning, rearing, and migratory habitat for steelhead, trout and salmon, support Oregon’s robust outdoor recreation economy, and provide drinking water for communities across the state.
The River Democracy Act reflects many years of leadership from Sens. Wyden and Merkley in conserving coldwater fisheries and addressing the threats of climate change to Oregon’s water sources and watersheds. As much of the western U.S. now struggles with the effects of climate change -- including more frequent and longer-duration drought -- it is more important than ever that we protect headwater streams and still-productive fisheries.
Please help Wild Steelheaders United and Trout Unlimited support the River Democracy Act by sending a Thank-You note to Senators Wyden and Merkley, today.