Rivers in November: By The Numbers

November is a busy month, with Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, along with continuing river conservation battles and successes. Here’s a quick wrap-up of the month, by the numbers: 1621: Year the Pilgrims arrived in Plymouth Colony. Can you name the brook that provided the Pilgrims their vital water supply and herring runs? (the brook that… Read more »

Clean Water Losses – State and Federal Protections Declining

  Tell your Senator to reject amendments that cut protection to our clean water. Rivers provide drinking water for two-thirds of all Americans and yet Congress is trying to rollback protections and funding for keeping these very waters clean. Meanwhile, a recent report shows that state protections do not fill this gap. The Clean Water… Read more »

How We Manage and Recover from Flooding

Photo: USDA NRCS We are always interested in seeing stories about how local communities are recovering from floods. The first farmer featured in the video link below describes how his Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program helped him recover from flooding this September in New York.  I have participated in CSA programs in the past and… Read more »

Mussel sampling is a fun way to experience your river

I was fortunate to join a mussel sampling expedition on the Cedar River in Iowa a couple weeks ago. The Iowa DNR is updating their statewide inventory of mussels, so they are sampling many new areas as well as repeating visits to sites that were known to host mussel populations years ago. Biologists at the… Read more »

Extreme Weather and Climate Change?

I’m sure my fellow east coasters will agree with me, we have gotten a lot of rain in the last month. From the storms and floods surrounding Hurricane Irene to the current torrential rain storms, my raincoat and umbrella have become my new best friends. The unprecedented weather we’ve experienced across the country has ignited… Read more »

Fracking in a Floodplain

Photo by Don Williams When American Rivers named 2011 The Year of the River, we never envisioned that the rivers would be showing themselves in such force across the country this summer. Who needs a parade when you can see cars floating down Main Street? Our recent encounters with Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee… Read more »

Nominate Your Endangered River for 2012

Every year, American Rivers generates a list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers.  Ten rivers are selected each year for inclusion in our list, not because they are the most polluted, but rather because they are facing a turning point in the coming year that could negatively impact the river into the future.  Rivers are selected… Read more »

American Rivers’ Meadow Work Featured at Conference

American Rivers’ Sierra Nevada meadow assessment and restoration work was featured at the 96th annual Ecological Society of America’s (ESA) national meeting held this year in Austin, Texas. More than 4,000 people gathered at the conference to share strategies to promote “Earth Stewardship: Preserving and enhancing earth’s life-support systems”. Symposia centered on climate change, loss… Read more »

Hurricane Irene Underscores Need For Better Preparation

Over the past week Mother Nature has done a fine job of reminding those of us on the East Coast that she’s the one that’s really in charge. Between the earthquake that shocked us all, and Hurricane Irene still wreaking havoc as it moves up the east coast, we’re reminded that as much as we… Read more »

Small grant programs mean a lot to local communities

With the state of the economy leading every newscast and talk of a “super committee” in Congress that will slash federal spending, it is to lose sight of all of the good things happening around us and positive impact many state and federal programs still have on local communities. Earlier this summer we announced, along… Read more »