Appeals court upholds veto of costly, damaging Yazoo Pumps project

Washington, DC – In a victory for clean water, flood protection and taxpayers, a federal appeals court yesterday upheld a 2008 veto by the Environmental Protection Agency of the Yazoo Pumps, a wetlands-destruction project in Mississippi. The Yazoo Pumps, first proposed by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1941, would have cost $220 million in federal… Read more »

Bristol Bay Rivers among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Bristol Bay, Alaska – The rivers and tributaries of Bristol Bay, home to the world’s largest run of wild sockeye salmon, are threatened by what would be North America’s largest open pit mine.  The damage to tribes, clean water, wildlife and the fishing industry that would result from this mine has landed Bristol Bay on… Read more »

Monongahela River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC — The drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people is at risk from toxic pollution created by natural gas extraction in the Monongahela River Basin. This threat landed the Monongahela in the number nine spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers™: 2010 edition, produced by American Rivers. “We must put the brakes on the… Read more »

Sacramento-San Joaquin named America’s Most Endangered River

Washington— The Sacramento-San Joaquin River System, the largest watershed in California, is on the verge of collapse, threatening the water supply for 25 million people, placing the capital of the nation’s most populous state at high risk of flooding, and damaging a once productive and healthy ecosystem. This threat landed the Sacramento-San Joaquin in the… Read more »

An “Energetic” State of the Union

  Tell the Susquehanna River Basin Commission to put a complete moratorium on fracking until we can better protect our clean water.   In this year’s State of the Union address, President Obama spoke extensively about the importance of domestic energy development to increase jobs and decrease dependence on foreign oil.  The President used the… Read more »

Experience The Beautiful Grand River

Today’s guest blog for our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series is a story of the beautiful Grand River from Kari Matsko, Director of the People’s Oil & Gas Collaborative- Ohio: Take Action to Protect theGrand River Tell the Ohio legislature to institute strong protective standards for natural gas development! Walking along the northern end of… Read more »

Iowa in the News – for Rivers, not Candidates

American Rivers listed the Iowa River on our America’s Most Endangered River list for 2007 (see video below). I was fortunate to be the river liaison for that river and had the chance to learn more about Iowa’s great rivers from our partners at the Iowa Environmental Council. The threat to the river was a… 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 »

Save the Wild Rogue

This week former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and former Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury sounded an urgent call to action to protect Oregon’s Rogue River.  Their opinion editorial ran in the Oregonian. In 1968, the Rogue was one of the first Wild and Scenic Rivers in the nation, but this iconic river and its… Read more »