New Report: Fracking Has Serious Impact to Water Resources

A guest post by Evan Hansen and Meghan Betcher with Downstream Strategies, which offers environmental consulting services that combine sound interdisciplinary skills with a core belief in the importance of protecting the environment and linking economic development with natural resource stewardship. Trucks on the Marcellus Shale | Downstream Strategies In recent years, natural gas production… Read more »

Progress on Coal Ash in North Carolina

Today’s ruling sets the stage for Duke Energy to be required to remove contaminated material from their Riverbend site | © Jeff Cravotta This week, an environmental victory was achieved in a North Carolina courtroom for people and wildlife that depend on clean water. This ruling from the North Carolina Superior Court obligates the largest… Read more »

Announcing America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014!

#1 Most Endangered River is the San Joaquin, CA | © Sarah Craig The time has come! Today, American Rivers is announcing our report on America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014! And the Most Endangered River in the nation this year is: SAN JOAQUIN RIVER (California)! Outdated water management and excessive diversions, compounded by the… Read more »

Stop Diverting the Upper Colorado River to Death

Upper Colorado River, CO – Moffat East Portal | © Ken Neubecker The population of Colorado is expected to double by the year 2050. That means there will be another five million people living, working, playing, raising families, and otherwise enjoying all the things that make Colorado what it is. All these new people will probably… Read more »

Haw River Reconnection

Haw River, NC | © American Rivers The Haw River in central NC has a number of problems facing it which led to us listing it as one of the nation’s Most Endangered Rivers® this year. Millions of gallons of raw sewage from spills and millions of gallons of polluted runoff (i.e., rainwater that picks up… 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 »

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 »

A world without rivers

Dry river bed in the Sierra Nevada of CA | Austen Lorenz Imagine a world without rivers. No digging in with your raft paddle as you shoot rapids. No guiding a canoe quietly downstream. No diving into deep river pools or standing in the mist of a waterfall. No casting fly lines into flowing water… Read more »

Latino communities embrace connections to Colorado River

American Rivers and the Hispanic Access Foundation are sparking a dialogue among tens of thousands of Latinos across the Colorado River basin, where one-third of the nation’s Latinos live and work, about the need for a healthy Colorado River. Starting on Earth Day, April 22, congregations from Denver to Los Angeles began screening a Spanish-language… Read more »

For the Grand Canyon, don’t let down your guard

I often say that, while those who want to harm, destroy, exploit, or otherwise permanently alter our amazing natural landscapes have the ability to lose fight after fight to get what they want, conservationists and those who want to protect our natural heritage can only afford to lose once – as once we lose, what… Read more »