Don’t Frack with Jersey

Well, it’s official.  You better not frack with New Jersey.  I already knew this of course, being from the notorious state.  But now it’s on the books. Now you probably want to know the whole story, so you are in-the-know as you trek up the NJ Turnpike this summer.  Late Wednesday night, the New Jersey… Read more »

Record Midwest Floods Threaten Communities with ‘Walls of Water’

Roughly a quarter of the 40,000 residents evacuated Minot, North Dakota’s fourth largest city due to record flooding on the Souris River. The Souris River flows into Canada and is overtopping its levees due to heavy rainfall and releases from Canadian dams. The flooding on the Souris breaks the 1881 record and the river is… Read more »

Sand Mining for Fracking in Texas

On our 2011 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™, we highlighted many types of mining, from uranium to copper and gold to coal. It is no secret that extractive industries tend to be hard on the environment.  When we listed our #1 Most Endangered River this year, the Susquehanna River, for natural gas development, we… Read more »

The Tale of Two Rivers (and one very large river basin): as the Mississippi River flooding lingers, communities along the Missouri River are witnessing unprecedented flooding

As communities begin to recover from flooding along the Mississippi River, communities along the Missouri River [PDF] from the Dakotas to Iowa to Nebraska to Missouri are bracing for unprecedented flooding. The flooding is unprecedented due to record levels of snowfall (see NY Times image below) in the Rocky Mountains, snow that is late to… Read more »

Endangered River’ victory on the Chicago River

Chicago – American Rivers today announced a major victory for the Chicago River, one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2011. American Rivers commended the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Chicago for acting on the recommendations in the America’s Most Endangered Rivers report and voting to disinfect sewage wastewater, which will significantly improve public… Read more »

Early Successes on Chicago and Roanoke Rivers

It has been an exciting couple of weeks since the release of our 2011 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™!  Things seem to be looking up for the Chicago and Roanoke Rivers.  While both rivers still have a ways to go, I wanted to share with you the recent developments. Chicago River The week prior… Read more »

Voices of the river: The Elwha and Dick Goin

I recently met Jennifer Galvin, a filmmaker with Reel Blue (www.reelblue.net). She is producing a film about the dam removal and river restoration effort on Washington’s Elwha River – a project American Rivers, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, and others have worked on for decades. With dam removal set to begin on September 17, excitement… Read more »

Don’t let the Upper Colorado and Fraser Rivers dry up

Last week American Rivers released the 2011 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers.  Rivers that were not on the list but certainly fit the bill are the Upper Colorado River and the Fraser River. The Fraser River is no stranger to the Most Endangered Rivers list, it was number three on the list in 2005. … Read more »

Susquehanna Listing Sparks Oversight Controversy

On Tuesday, American Rivers listed the Susquehanna River as America’s Most Endangered River because we are concerned about the threat of natural gas development in the watershed. Why are we concerned? Because drilling permits are being issued like gangbusters, and this river provides drinking water to more than 6 million people. The Susquehanna is one… Read more »

Most Endangered Rivers Launch Takes Off

Yesterday, American Rivers had a tremendous release of our list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2011.  The stories are rolling in, and we are very excited about the interest that has been shown in this year’s rivers.  I wanted to share with you a few of the exciting moments that we have seen so… Read more »