The Colorado Water Plan, delivered to Governor Hickenlooper in November 2015, will guide how Colorado will manage water, protect rivers, and sustain agriculture through 2050 while confronting climate change and a growing population.
Matt works to engage communities in the Colorado area to protect river health by reconnecting people to their local rivers through blue trails. He also works to improve recreation, fisheries, water quality, and safety on hydropower dams through Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) dam re-licensings.
Matt joined American Rivers in 2007. Prior to that he served with the Peace Corps for four years in Zambia, working on an aquaculture program and then as a provincial coordinator. Matt has also worked as a fly fishing guide, videographer, fly shop manager, and fly casting instructor.
B.A. from Montana State University, and M.A. in International Relations with a concentration in Environmental Policy and Water Resources from the University of DenverToo many to pick just one
Blog Posts By This Author
Water policy experts spent 5 days on the Yampa River to build good will, identify common ground, and talk about preserving the river for future generations.
Gates of Lodore – Green River, CO | Matt RiceWhere has the summer gone? I feel like I blinked in May and opened my eyes in October. Another summer with not nearly enough time spent on rivers (despite what my friends and family think, I am not on a rive… Read more »
There are simply not that many wild rivers in the Colorado River Basin. By wild I mean rivers that are not controlled or diverted to other basins – rivers that fill with torrents of raging muddy brown water during spring floods providing nourishment to… Read more »
Co-authored with Bart Miller, water program director for Western Resource Advocates, and originally published on the Arizona Republic Colorado River | Bureau of Land Management The majestic Colorado River cuts a 1,450-mile path through the American Wes… Read more »
Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge, Green River, CO | Matt Rice There is a road that veers Northwest off Highway 40 about 70 miles west of Steamboat, Colorado. I don’t think many people drive this road as I have only seen about a dozen vehicles on t… Read more »
This article is a joint opinion piece co-authored by Tom Vilsack and Matt Rice. Tom Vilsack serves as the 30th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Matt Rice is the director of the Colorado River Basin Program for American Rivers. This article was first publ… Read more »
Colorado River Delta with water – March 2014 | Jennifer Pitt In the world of river conservation in the arid Colorado River Basin, victories for rivers are too often few and far between and rarely result in actual wet water in the river. If there was ev… Read more »
Aspen could be a real leader in environmental sustainability, but not until its leaders embrace the restoration and protection of water resources. A consistent refrain in Nathaniel Rich’s recent article in Men’s Journal entitled “Aspen and the End of S… Read more »
Your support helped protect the Crystal River, CO. Now we need your help on the Colorado River. Take Action to support the #1 America’s Most Endangered River! 2013 has been a big year for the Crystal River in Colorado. After nearly 5 decades, a proposa… Read more »