Elwha River Uplift

This is a guest blog by Dylan Tomine, originally published on his website and reprinted with permission. The kids and I decided to squeeze in one last, close-to-home, weekday excursion before school started, so we headed over to the newly dam-free Elwha River for a little float. The last piece of the upper dam was… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Five reasons to ditch the playground and take your kid to the river

Kober family plays at the North Umpqua River | Amy Kober Our family just spent a weekend on Oregon’s North Umpqua River. Watching my four year old play on the riverbank, I saw over and over again how rivers are the best playgrounds.  The unstructured time for play, discovery, and relaxation reminded me that visiting… Read more »

Turning Faith-based Communities Into Water Conservation Leaders

Today we have a guest blog from Stacey Kennealy, Certification Program and Sustainability Director at GreenFaith in Highland Park, New Jersey. Stacey talks about engaging faith-based organizations in water conservation. Children participate in an interfaith, water-themed summer camp, where they went ponding, did scientific experiments, and learned about different traditions’ rituals on water | GreenFaith… Read more »

40 Years, 40 River Champions

Thank you to all the River Champions out there! | © Scott Bosse The River Champions have been selected! As part of the 40th anniversary of American Rivers, we wanted to celebrate the river community by highlighting some of the heroes in river conservation. Our staff chose the first 20 champions and over the past… Read more »