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 »

Drought Bill Would Do More Harm Than Good Statement Of Bob Irvin, President Of American Rivers

Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington — The House of Representatives today will consider H.R. 3964, legislation that waives critical clean water and river safeguards in California, slashes endangered species protections, and unravels key river protection and restoration agreements such as the San Joaquin River Settlement Act. The president of American Rivers, Bob Irvin, made the… Read more »

Protecting the Roots of Rivers

Despite nearly thirty years of comprehensive protection under the Clean Water Act, two Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006 put protections for small streams and wetlands into question | © Nicholas A. Tonelli Trees draw in water, nutrients, and oxygen from thousands of tiny roots in the soil. Damage to even the smallest of… Read more »

We Are All in This Together

Gates of Lodore – Green River, CO | Matt Rice Where has the summer gone? I feel like I blinked in May and opened my eyes in October. Another summer with not nearly enough time spent on rivers (despite what my friends and family think, I am not on a river everyday) , uncompleted (or… Read more »

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 »

Improving Drinking Water Quality by Ensuring Water Quantity

Americans consume over 29 billion gallons of drinking water per day.  That’s a lot of water. And 80% of all water used in the US comes from surface water sources – mostly our rivers. As our communities grow and as we face the effects of climate change, our drinking water supplies and rivers are becoming… Read more »