River Restoration Adventure with Sierra Native Youth

Last weekend brought the first snows to the Sierra. Julie and I were lucky to be out in it– at 8000 feet with the Sierra Native Alliance’s Native Youth Conservation Corps. We were at the very headwaters of the Mokelumne River, planting hundreds of willows in the restored portion of Indian Valley. The goals were… Read more »

California Climate Change Funding Excludes Mountain Communities

In California, millions of dollars in state water and climate change funding is dispersed to disadvantaged communities (DACs). For example, an estimated $420 million of the 2014 water bond would support clean water for DACs and $200 million in carbon cap and trade revenues will be allocated to projects benefitting DACs. With hundreds of millions… Read more »

Beyond Clean-Ups

The facts about barge efficiency are as foggy as the Mississippi River in the morning | Olivia Dorothy In August, the Waterways Council, an interest group representing commercial users on inland navigation routes, announced a new partnership to clean up trash along the Mississippi River. Hooray! Cleaning up and redirecting trash from the Mississippi River… Read more »

Groundwater Loss: The Colorado River’s Unseen Threat

Colorado River, S. Kaibab Trail | Bailey Kennett I’ll never forget my first encounter with the Colorado River: I was hiking down the South Kaibab Trail of the Grand Canyon, amazed at how the setting sun colored the canyon walls, when suddenly the River came into view and the panorama changed entirely.  In that moment… Read more »

Toledo’s Water Ban Lifted: Now What?

Take Action: Sign the Petition Protect My Rivers and Clean Water The algal bloom in Lake Erie spotlights that we can’t take our clean water for granted. Communities that rely on the Great Lakes for their main source of drinking water need better plans to keep their source water free from contamination. Urge Lake Erie… Read more »

New Climate Resilience Opportunities for River Communities

Culvert Failure | Tom Maguire, MA DEP President Obama made some big announcements this week about actions the Administration is taking to help communities and states prepare for the impacts of climate change. These steps aren’t going to stop climate change or prevent all flood damages, but they are a huge step in the right… Read more »

Ushering in a new era of conservation

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 published in the Sante Fe New Mexican. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack… Read more »