Veto the New Madrid Floodway Project

The elusive least bittern breads in the marshes and wetlands of the Midwest, including the New Madrid Floodway, and is protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act | Chris Young Today, American Rivers, as one of 90 organizations, sent a letter to President Obama asking for a Clean Water Act veto to protect the Middle… Read more »

Colorado Water Plan – Don’t leave healthy ecosystems out to dry

Upper Colorado River, CO | Ken Neubecker On November 19th the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) reviewed and approved the draft Colorado Water Plan.  With that and a few “tweaks”, the 385-page document will be sent to the Governor’s office for his review by December 10.  This isn’t the end of the process though.  The… Read more »

Wave of Public Support for Protecting the Grand Canyon

The New York Times is running this story by Adam Nagourney today, highlighting significant threats facing the Grand Canyon, one of our country’s greatest national treasures. The story examines the Escalade tram development that could carry as many as 10,000 visitors a day from the canyon rim down to the confluence of the Colorado and… Read more »

A Tribute to Martin Litton, River Hero

Martin Litton | John Blaustein A hero for wild rivers passed away Sunday. One of the original river guides in the Grand Canyon, Martin Litton, 97, was a passionate advocate for wild places and was at the center of some of our country’s biggest river conservation victories. He helped stop the construction of new dams… Read more »

How Do You Get a Fish Upstream? Launch It.

Anadromous fish such as salmon and steelhead have a rough time when it comes to finding their way home. Dams and other man-made barriers can present insurmountable obstacles, cutting them off from long stretches of their historic spawning habitat. Fortunately, an innovative technique just might help salmon find their way: the salmon cannon. I’ll let… Read more »

Best Rivers in the Fall: NW – CA – SW

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 »

We Are All in This Together

Gates of Lodore – Green River, CO | Matt Rice Where has the summer gone? I feel like I blinked in May and opened my eyes in October. Another summer with not nearly enough time spent on rivers (despite what my friends and family think, I am not on a river everyday) , uncompleted (or… Read more »

Decision Time on the Gila River

Say NO to a costly, unnecessary diversion project on the Gila! New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and the Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) must make a decision soon whether to move forward with plans to build a diversion project on the Gila River – one of American Rivers’ Most Endangered Rivers in 2014 – under the… Read more »

Disappearing Rio Grande Expedition

Rio Grande Gorge, NM | Laszlo Ilyes Washington – American Rivers President Bob Irvin will join the “Disappearing Rio Grande” Expedition in Big Bend National Park on Monday to draw attention to the importance of the river and the impact climate change is having on rivers and water resources across the West. The Disappearing Rio Grande… Read more »

Colorado Water Plan – The Importance of a New Tension

There is nothing more important for Colorado’s future than water. Given that, few things are more critical than the current effort to create a statewide Colorado Water Plan. In 2013, Governor Hickenlooper instructed the Colorado Water Conservation Board to conduct a two-year long planning process to develop a codified approach for how to manage our… Read more »