Matt Rice

Director, Colorado Basin Program

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 Denver

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Blog Posts By This Author

The Last Wild River

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 »

Defend the Colorado River

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 »

Rivers of Colorado

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 »

Plan a race on your trail

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 »