Out on the River – Work or Play?

Upper Colorado | Jamie Mierau During my first week as the Eagle River Blue Trail Coordinator with American Rivers I was fortunate to float with my colleagues on the upper Colorado River from Rancho Del Rio to the new boat ramp at Catamount Bridge.  Floating a stretch of the Upper Colorado for the first time… Read more »

Beyond Clean-Ups

The facts about barge efficiency are as foggy as the Mississippi River in the morning | Olivia Dorothy In August, the Waterways Council, an interest group representing commercial users on inland navigation routes, announced a new partnership to clean up trash along the Mississippi River. Hooray! Cleaning up and redirecting trash from the Mississippi River… Read more »

Conserving Working Farms and Rivers in Colorado

The Grand Valley in Colorado | NRCS Agriculture and working landscapes play an integral role in Colorado. Colorado agriculture contributes $ 41 billion to the state economy and employs 171,921 people. Working farms and ranches also substantially contribute to Colorado’s recreation economy through a growing agritourism industry. Agriculture also remains critical to the economy of… Read more »

5 Actions Needed to Save the Colorado River

Co-authored with Bart Miller, water program director for Western Resource Advocates, and originally published on the Arizona Republic Colorado River | Bureau of Land Management The majestic Colorado River cuts a 1,450-mile path through the American West before drying up well short of the sea — its natural finish line at the Gulf of California…. Read more »

Big Rivers Need Big Wetlands

This rare Illinois chorus frog is a candidate for the federal Threatened and Endangered Species list. Once common in southeastern Missouri, the New Madrid Floodway provides critical habitat for the reclusive frog. Photo: Chris Young. This year, the middle Mississippi River made the 2014 America’s Most Endangered Rivers® list due to a proposed project by… Read more »

Update on San Francisquito Creek, CA

American Rivers is redesigning this and other San Francisquito culverts to improve steelhead passage in the watershed. American Rivers’ staff are making great progress in San Francisquito Creek, which was listed as #5 on our list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers in the country earlier this year. San Francisquito Creek is located south of San… Read more »

New Mexico Moves to Divert the Gila River

Tell the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission that water diversion projects are too costly for the environment and for taxpayers. Say NO to dams on the Gila River. Recently, I traveled to southwestern New Mexico to tour the area around one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014, the Gila. I saw lush valleys with… Read more »

Help Bring Bristol Bay Home!

Bear in Bristol Bay rivers | Bob Waldrop In 2011, American Rivers partnered with tribes and other organizations to highlight Bristol Bay Rivers on our annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®. Since that time, you have helped us to encourage the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to use their 404(c) authority under the Clean Water… Read more »

Groundwater Loss: The Colorado River’s Unseen Threat

Colorado River, S. Kaibab Trail | Bailey Kennett I’ll never forget my first encounter with the Colorado River: I was hiking down the South Kaibab Trail of the Grand Canyon, amazed at how the setting sun colored the canyon walls, when suddenly the River came into view and the panorama changed entirely.  In that moment… Read more »

North Carolina Budget Provides Funding to Clean Up Polluted Stormwater

Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina is plagued by polluted stormwater flushing into its streams and rivers.  One of the biggest sources of this pollution is land that was heavily developed with little regard for the potential adverse impacts that run-off could have on the water quality.  Now, communities across the state are looking for solutions… Read more »