Preserving our Fish, Wildlife and Plants in an Uncertain Future

Mount Evans, CO | © Fay Augustyn Since I was a baby, I have spent summers in Colorado. Memories of playing in the rivers and hiking the mountain trails are some of my fondest. I continue to believe there is nothing more liberating than escaping the everyday grind of the city and heading into the… Read more »

What Happened with WRDA

Water Resources Development Act passed this week by an overwhelming margin. Luckily, there are some points that will benefit rivers and public safety. The Senate wrapped up debate on S. 601, the Water Resources Development Act this week and passed the bill by an overwhelming margin of 83-14. As I mentioned previously, the Senate bill… Read more »

Rivers Work Best When They’re Wet

If passed, HR3189 will hurt fish and wildlife by leaving river beds dry | © dalioPhoto The water supply system in the Colorado River Basin is near its breaking point. Despite an above normal snowpack in the Rockies, climate change and prolonged drought have sapped the once-vigorous Colorado River, threatening the water supply for 36… 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 »

Colorado Water Plan – Don’t leave healthy ecosystems out to dry

Upper Colorado River, CO | Ken Neubecker On November 19th the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) reviewed and approved the draft Colorado Water Plan.  With that and a few “tweaks”, the 385-page document will be sent to the Governor’s office for his review by December 10.  This isn’t the end of the process though.  The… Read more »

Removing dam won’t save Yuba salmon

Yuba River salmon need access to habitat above the dams sooner rather than later. Breaching Englebright Dam poses environmental, financial and safety challenges to do that.

New Federal Guidelines for Water Projects Give Overdue Recognition of Need for New Approach

Washington – American Rivers today welcomed the release of the Obama Administration’s updated federal guidelines for water infrastructure investments. Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers, made the following statement: “The new guidelines are a long overdue recognition that the old ways of treating our nation’s rivers are insufficient for the demands of the 21st century.  The old… Read more »

Reforms Needed as Flood Insurance Reauthorization Moves Forward

Washington, DC – Today, the House Financial Services Committee passed a bill reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) which affects how tens of thousands of people and our natural environment are protected across the country.  While conservation groups support reauthorizing the NFIP they were critical that the committee failed to pass meaningful reforms needed… Read more »

Budget Battles Threaten to Bury Streams

It’s been a tough few weeks for clean water in Washington, DC. First, the dirty water bill passed out of the House and then the FY2012 Interior-EPA Appropriations bill was introduced with a slew of funding cuts to key clean water and drinking water programs and dirty water policy riders intended to handcuff the Environmental Protection Agency… Read more »

Fishing the Green River in Colorado

Green River, CO | Carfull…vacation over A couple weeks ago I joined Scott Willoughby of the Denver Post on a float fishing trip on the Green River in the remote Northwest corner of Colorado.  Few people know about or have much less fished this section of one of the West’s most iconic trout rivers.  We… Read more »