Dams are problem creators, not problem solvers

Removal of Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River – August 15, 2014 | NPS What will 3,700 more new dams do that 48,000 existing ones haven’t already done? Invite more problems. According to a new study done by researchers in Europe, the 3,700 new dams under construction or planned for construction around the world… Read more »

Restoring Meadows Like Beavers Lives Depend On It

Measuring the beaver dams | Max Odland “Four point six feet,” I say, pulling a stadia rod out of the water and back onto the inflatable kayak, “but I think it’s deeper over there.” I’m measuring the depth of a beaver pond in a Sierra Nevada meadow that American Rivers is restoring this summer. I… Read more »

American Rivers and NHA Pleased to Host Workshop on Climate Change and Hydropower

Washington, DC — American Rivers and the National Hydropower Association (NHA) are pleased to host today’s joint workshop, “Climate Change and Hydropower Management: Is Existing Science Useful Yet?” The event features representatives from scientific organizations, conservation groups, industry, academics, and regulators.  Topics include: An Overview of Science and Regional Impacts Models and Approaches Using Climate Projections… Read more »

Financing Sustainable Water Infrastructure

In Tuesday night’s State of the Union Address, President Obama reconfirmed his commitment to clean water, “I will not back down from making sure our food is safe, our water is clean…” Our communities and waterways need this commitment more than ever.  In the second decade of the 21st century, our nation’s water infrastructure is… Read more »

How Restoring Rivers can Make us More Resilient

Climate change will fundamentally impact our streams and rivers in ways that threaten species, ecosystems, and communities. In the Northwest region, we are already concerned that increased rain and flooding in the winter, coupled with decreasing summer streamflows and smaller mountain snowpacks, will significantly change our rivers’ systems in the coming years and decades.  That… Read more »

Preparing for extremes in Nashville

Hit a year ago by one of the worst floods in its history, Nashville suffered the loss of more than 30 lives and over $1 billion of property damage.  Just three years prior to that Tennessee was in the grips of the 2007 drought, one of the driest years in a century with 500,000 citizens… Read more »

Tell Congress Missouri River Restoration = Flood Protection

Take Action to Protect theMissouri River   Tell Congress to support restoration and long-term planning on the Missouri River! The nation’s longest river, the Missouri River, is back on the America’s Most Endangered Rivers list at #4 [PDF] this year. We need your help to keep the Missouri River on the road to recovery and… Read more »

Colorado River Study: Will There Be Enough Water To Support The Demand?

Colorado River Delta | Peter McBride Will there be enough? “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.“ – W.H. Auden Yesterday, The Bureau of Reclamation issued its Final Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study. Authorized by Congress through the Secure Water Act of 2009 and jointly funded and prepared by the… Read more »

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 »