Restore the Yakima River and its salmon!

For nearly three years, I’ve been working with the Yakama Indian Nation and conservation partners at the National Wildlife Federation, The Wilderness Society, and Trout Unlimited (among others) to negotiate a package of habitat restoration and protection and water management measures to restore central Washington’s Yakima River and its salmon and steelhead in a way… Read more »

Wake Up!

In the last month there has been an outcry by members of Congress, states and the insurance industry [subscription required] to wake up and begin preparing for more large scale and extreme weather events. Illinois Senator Dick Durban commented early last week that it’s time we acknowledge the obvious fact that our climate is changing,… Read more »

Rebuilding Better in New York

Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island, NY | Andrea Booher, FEMA Soon after Hurricane Sandy hit, devastating much of the Northeast, politicians and experts took to the press to urge the government to help communities rebuild “better”. But what exactly does rebuilding “better” mean? American Rivers offered some basic suggestions: Rebuild in the right… Read more »

Rivers Endangered in the Face of Climate Change

Take Action to Protect theSan Saba River Tell decision makers to protect the flows of the San Saba River! Drought.  A word that has been spread across news headlines, felt by cities, and argued about between upstream and downstream farm communities.  Last year’s drought affected 65% of the country, specifically impacting over 2000 counties.  While… Read more »

Weathering Change: Policy Reforms that Cost Less and Make Communities Safer

Weathering Change: Policy Reforms that Cost Less and Make Communities Safer  Download the Full Report (PDF)  Download the Executive Summary (PDF)    Download individual chapters 1. National Flood Insurance Program 2. Farm Policy 3. Bureau of Reclamation 4. Energy Policy 5. Clean Water Act 6. Water Resources Development Policy 7. Clean Water and Drinking Water… Read more »

The Business Case for Sustainability

J.W. Winco’s sedum green roof now saves their business money and reduces stormwater runoff | © Sean Foltz We can all play an important role in improving our local rivers, and redesigning your property is just one step in this process. This is why American Rivers has been busy over the last several years connecting… Read more »

Is the ski industry green? Not if it supports drying up rivers

H.R. 3189 would allow private water users to dry up rivers with impunity | © dalioPhot In his recent Grist article, Greg Hanscom writes about actions the ski industry is taking to combat climate change. He examines the lobbying muscle of the National Ski Areas Association and looks at the issues the industry group is… 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 »

A world without rivers

Dry river bed in the Sierra Nevada of CA | Austen Lorenz Imagine a world without rivers. No digging in with your raft paddle as you shoot rapids. No guiding a canoe quietly downstream. No diving into deep river pools or standing in the mist of a waterfall. No casting fly lines into flowing water… Read more »