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 »

Featured River

Protecting Turtles through the Clean Water Act America’s smallest turtle, the bog turtle, only grows to roughly 3-4 inches – small enough to fit in the palm of your hand! Federally listed as a threatened species, these little guys are dependent upon wetlands for their home. Ensuring that these wetlands are protected under the Clean… Read more »

American Rivers Applauds New EPA Rule On Carbon Pollution

Washington – American Rivers applauded the Obama Administration today for taking a major step in the fight against global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency released a draft proposal to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants. Power plants are responsible for 40 percent of U.S. carbon emissions, a major contributor to global warming. The EPA’s… Read more »

More Snow from the Ski Industry

Don’t get snowed. The ski industry is continuing to push the bill that is bad for your rivers and could roll back environmental protections. Aspen’s at it again.  This time, they are promoting themselves in a video claiming that they are actively lobbying for solutions to the climate crisis.  They even made a trip all… Read more »

Is Damming Every River in the US Really a Clean Energy Solution?

65.5 Gigawatts of energy of new hydropower on our rivers? Hair-raising indeed. The Department of Energy just published a report titled the “New Stream-reach Development Assessment: A Comprehensive Assessment of Hydropower Energy Potential in the United States.” This new report estimated the technical hydropower potential of the USA. The Department of Energy scientists did what… Read more »