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Bozeman's Upper Missouri Waterkeeper organization works to protect clean, fishable, swimmable, drinkable water throughout the 25,000 sq. miles of Montana’s Upper Missouri River Basin. Check out its newly launched fundraiser page, where you can help support efforts that safeguard regional waterways and communities from projects that would do harm "We use a combination of strong science, community action, and legal expertise to defend the Upper Missouri River, its tributaries, and communities against threats to clean water and healthy rivers." More at, Give Big.

Survive the Sound could be the title of the next big, hipster music festival. But luckily for all of us, it’s not. Seattle, WA-based non-profit Long Live the Kings has created Survive the Sound, an online game, as an educational tool to raise awareness for migrating steelhead in Puget Sound.

A story of wholes and fractions

Russia’s Lake Baikal contains one-fifth of the earth’s fresh surface water, while two-thirds of its plant and animal species exist nowhere else on the planet. One river, the Selenge, provides more than half of the lake’s annual inflows. Without this river and its tributaries, there would be no Baikal as we know it.

AKA, yet another bill aimed at breathing life support into deadbeat dams

“It’s like flushing money down the river,” said Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) in a news release last week, referring to the federal court order to “spill” water at the four lower Snake River dams.

Skykomish River hydropower project nuked

Last year the South Fork of the Skykomish River joined the ranks of the down-and-out on American Rivers’ 10 most endangered rivers list. The reason: Snohomish County PUD had proposed to build a dubious run-of-the-river hydropower project at Sunset Falls that would have diverted a 1.1 mile section of water, through a tunnel and powerhouse.

Experience some of the best fly-out fishing in Alaska for a hundred bucks, and support a good cause while you're at it. Oregon's Native Fish Society is now selling raffle tickets for a trip to Rapids Camp Lodge. It will draw one lucky winner (who gets to bring one stoked friend) on May 15.

Rebounding runs on Washington's Skagit River prompt this month’s reopening

Puget Sound anglers who’ve been logging long miles to get their steelheading fix now have a much closer-to-home option on the Skagit and Sauk rivers, beginning tomorrow.

Montana’s Madison River saw a swarm of more than 179,000 angler days in 2017. During the height of salmonfly season that traffic is condensed—like a resort parking lot the morning after a colossal dump on the slopes. Now Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is aiming to alleviate the stress, announcing this week that it’s taking the next steps in “addressing increasing concerns about crowding and social conflict on the river.”