Yampa River, CO at Dinosaur National Monument | Chris M. Morris A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to fly in a helicopter over the Yampa River, the last wild river in the Colorado River Basin courtesy of LightHawk; a fantastic organization tha… 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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Denver Water already sucks 60% of the annual flows from the Fraser River, and they now want to take more: another 15%. Tell Denver that before they take more water, they need to protect the Fraser River. If you see a lost-looking trout walking the stre… Read more »
Crystal River, CO | Delia Malone A couple of months ago communities along the Crystal River in Colorado gathered in Redstone, CO and Carbondale, CO to discuss the appropriateness of a Wild Scenic Designation to protect the river from new dam and trans-… Read more »
Green River, CO | Carfull…vacation over A couple weeks ago I joined Scott Willoughby of the Denver Post on a float fishing trip on the Green River in the remote Northwest corner of Colorado. Few people know about or have much less fished this sectio… Read more »
A couple of weeksago, the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act passed the full house with bi-partisan support. The bill was co-sponsored by Cathy McMorris-Rogers (WA,R) and Diana DeGette (CO, D) Quite an accomplishment in the current political climat… Read more »
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 »
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 »