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 »

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 »

How walking along rivers changes your brain

Spending time in natural spaces reduces anxiety, worry and stress. Nature, and rivers, are fundamental to our health, well-being, and relationships – to our happiness.

America Runs on the Mississippi River

Enjoy a guest blog from our Communications intern, Johannes Driesbach. Map of the Mississippi River | USGS Throughout America’s history, rivers have been incredibly important to the individuals living here.  Whether it was the Native Americans, the early colonists, the explorers who traveled to the Pacific coast, or us today, everyone in the United States… Read more »

Should We Allow Development in the Grand Canyon?

The Grand Canyon is under threat of an unprecedented level of development. Sign the petition to oppose these destructive projects. Our nation’s natural cathedral is under siege. Author Kevin Fedarko wrote in Sunday’s New York Times about two major development threats that would devastate the canyon’s wild nature and utterly unique visitor experience. In the story, Bob… Read more »

Best Rivers in the Fall: Northern Rockies – Midwest

Today’s post is a guest blog by Taylor Cox. Taylor is a communications intern at American Rivers this fall. She is majoring in Communication, Law, Economics, and Government (CLEG) with a minor in Environmental Science at American University. It’s Autumn, which has American Rivers staff thinking of their favorite rivers to see the season’s colors…. Read more »

My first visit to an amazing natural paradise

The year was 2006 – I was living in downtown Denver – the rocky mountain megalopolis that is the Colorado Front Range. As the Vice President of Colorado Trout Unlimited (the state Council affiliated with the national organization, Trout Unlimited), I had the opportunity to travel, camp, and fly-fish all across the state and experience… Read more »