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

New Protections for Wateree River

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 »

Good News for Congaree National Park

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 »

Voices of Rivers

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 »

From Headwaters to Confluence

I recently had a chance to do something I have never done on a river before. I floated a river from its headwaters to it’s confluence in one trip.The Kiseralik River in western Alaska is roughly 110 miles long depending on what braids you float. It ris… Read more »

So Many Water Trails So Little Time

Recently I had the opportunity to learn about some of the coolest water trails in the US and Canada at the International Water Trails Conference held this year in Port Townsend, Washington. The Washington Water Trails Association (WWTA) did a great job… Read more »

Paddle Georgia 2008

As many of us know organizing an extended river trip for even a small number of people can be time consuming. You have to set up shuttles, buy the food, and make sure everybody has the gear to make it through the trip. The Georgia River Network has org… Read more »

South Carolina River Forum

Recently American Rivers and The Center for Humans and Nature organized the South Carolina Rivers Forum. The purpose of the forum was to raise awareness of climate change and potential effects on South Carolina’s Rivers and to create momentum for a Sou… Read more »