A Return to the River in the Twin Cities: Minneapolis

This is a guest blog from American Rivers interns Sam Padgett and Johannes Dreisbach. Ford Parkway Bridge, Minneapolis, MN | 2008 National Park Service Minneapolis, Minnesota is home to some of the country’s richest outdoor resources, abounding with parks, nature, and wildlife.   The Mississippi River, the fifth longest river in the world, provides life… Read more »

Hometown Rivers Caught on Film

In the stunningly-shot, award-winning documentary film Who Owns Water, brothers Michael and David Hanson return to the source of their childhood river and paddle it to the Gulf of Mexico to take you deep into the Water Wars. Recently I finally had a chance to see a new movie I’d been looking forward to catching…. Read more »

Family Time on Autumn Rivers

Cle Elum River | Scott Thoms [flickr] Autumn is a perfect time to get out and soak up the beauty of rivers with your family.  It’s a great time to build your sense of place, celebrating what makes your river unique. While parts of our country have their blazing and beautiful autumn leaves, here in… Read more »

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wants to Protect Arctic Refuge Wild Rivers

Hulahula River, Alaska | © Judith Slein (flickr) This week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommended designating 278 miles of four major wild rivers in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, the Atigun, Marsh Fork of the Canning, the Kongakut and, the Hulahula, as Wild and Scenic Rivers.  The agency found six additional… Read more »

Save a River, Raft a River: The Power of Outdoor Recreation

South Fork Yuba River in California | Austen Lorenz With a cool breeze blowing off the river, Jarrad looked up at the sunbaked limestone walls of the Auburn Quarry, a popular rock climbing area in the Auburn State Recreation Area along the Middle Fork of the American River, visualizing the moves required to get to… Read more »

Thanksgiving Wishes

Below is a Thanksgiving note by Clarke Kahlo, an American Rivers supporter and co-founder of Riverviews. Excerpted from “Canoe Thanksgiving and Prayer.” A simple Thanksgiving wish to everyone. Thank you for all of your continued support in helping us protect our rivers. Today (at waters’ edge, by the rendezvous fire) we give thanks for the… Read more »

Urban Swimming: Portland’s Willamette River

Originally posted on NatGeo’s Newswatch Willamette River swimmers, August 2014. Photo courtesy Human Access Project. Through my goggles, I watch the sun lighting up the surface of the water, gold-green. My air bubbles are silver against the dark below. Each time I take a breath I look for the bright caps of my fellow swimmers,… Read more »

Rivers Divide Us?

At American Rivers, our slogan is Rivers Connect Us, to one another and to nature. But recently, as I paddled with a small group of friends in canoes 80 miles down the Rio Grande through Big Bend National Park, where the river forms the border between the United States and Mexico, I reflected on how… Read more »

White Clay Creek: A Wild and Scenic River Partnership

Today’s post is a guest blog by Shane Morgan, Management Plan Coordinator White Clay Wild & Scenic River Program White Clay Creek | J A Thomas There are only 208 Wild and Scenic Rivers, select rivers of the U.S., which possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, and or cultural values. To… Read more »

Water and Climate Change: Solutions on the Yakima River

The New York Times recently ran a story (Drought is Bearing Fruit for Washington Wineries) quoting Michael Garrity of American Rivers. Michael talked about how a plan for the Yakima River is a model for conservation. He said, “The Yakima Plan shows how we move forward through the reality of climate change and ensure reliable… Read more »