The Colorado River and its tributaries like the Fraser River are essential for the health of local communities that depend on them. Not only do they provide clean water for drinking and agriculture, they are also the foundation of the regions tourism i… Read more »
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
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Upper Colorado River | Credit: Ken Neubecker Many people associate the Colorado River with images of magnificent canyons, giant reservoirs, and terrifying rapids. For me, I think of a small trout rising to eat a Royal Wulff fly on a creek not much wi… Read more »
Words can hardly describe the magnificence of Yampa River in Northwest Colorado yet few people in Colorado much less the country know of its existence. The Yampa River is the last remaining wild free flowing river in the Colorado River Basin and one o… Read more »
Last week American Rivers released the 2011 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers. Rivers that were not on the list but certainly fit the bill are the Upper Colorado River and the Fraser River. The Fraser River is no stranger to the Most Enda… Read more »
For eleven years running local paddlers in the Columbia, SC area hold a whitewater race, well actually two races, on the first non-holiday Saturday of the year. The races, the Millrace Massacre and the Ice Man are held on the Saluda River immediatly up… Read more »
Recently I had the opportunity to go on a paddle trip with Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin and over two dozen young African-American professionals. The paddle trip was a part of Mayor Benjamin’s Talented Tenth Conference. The purpose of the co… Read more »
It has been an exciting and rewarding summer leading American Rivers’ on–the-ground efforts for America’s Great Outdoors. While I love living and working in the Southeast, it was great to have the opportunity to travel throughout the… Read more »
The Congaree Land Trust, a partner in the Wateree River Blue Trail Coalition, recently secured a conservation easement on the Wateree River that will protect the river’s unique natural values, wildlife habitat, and clean water for generations to come…. Read more »
Citizens of South Carolina received some good news earlier this fall. The Congaree National Park, the highlight of the Congaree River Blue Trail, is getting bigger. Through the Leadership of Senator Lindsay Graham and Representative James Clyburn, Con… Read more »
There are a lot of things I love about rivers and a lot of things I love to do on rivers but I think highest on my list is the extended river trip. For me, there is nothing like putting in at a location, preferably as close to the headwaters as possibl… Read more »