Mining, Rivers, and Volcanoes Don’t Mix

Lewis River Meadow, WA | Susan Saul Mount St. Helens is an American icon. Anyone who lived in the Northwest during the 1980 eruption may remember ash and dust covering nearly every surface imaginable. People who lived in other parts of the country at the time may remember the amazing images of an ancient volcano… 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 »

Survey Says Water Is More Important than Gas

Are people concerned about potential impacts of natural gas development on their water?  Yes they are.  The nonprofit Civil Society Institute has released results from a new survey about people’s opinions on natural gas development.  This is the first national poll to gauge the attitudes of Americans on the subject.  In addition to the national… Read more »

Why Fracking The Grand Is A Bad Idea

Today’s guest blog for our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series discusses concerns over fracking the Grand River from Kathryn Hanratty, with Enviroscapes Landscape Design: Take Action to Protect theGrand River Tell the Ohio legislature to institute strong protective standards for natural gas development! The Grand is an incredibly beautiful and diverse river. Springing from wetland… Read more »

A Bad Day for Mountaintop Removal is a Good Day for Rivers

Kayford Mountain, WV | Vivian Stockman One of the biggest threats to river health in Appalachia is mountaintop removal coal mining.  This is a problem that American Rivers highlighted in our 2012 (Coal River) and 2010 (Gauley River) lists of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.  Both the Coal and Gauley rivers are located in West Virginia… Read more »

Smarter Farming Leads to More Water for Rivers

Today’s guest blog about the #1 Colorado River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Brooke Webb, owner of Mesa Park Vineyards and a member of the National Young Farmers’ Coalition.  The National Young Farmers’ Coalition, “Envisions a country where young people who are willing to work, get trained, and take… Read more »

An Interview With Distance Swimmer Matt Moseley

Help save the Colorado River by pledging to support Matt Moseley’s 47.5 distance swim through the Canyonlands! On July 20, Matt Moseley will take to the water to swim close to 50 miles of the Colorado River to raise support for America’s Most Endangered River. You can pledge to support the swim – all donations… Read more »

Black Warrior River One Step Closer To Clean Water Protections

This is a guest blog by Charles Scribner, Executive Director, Black Warrior Riverkeeper. © Nelson Brooke Tell the University of Alabama, the major owner of land and mineral rights at the proposed mine site, to say NO to Shepherd Bend Mine. The Student Government Association (SGA) at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) has… Read more »

Clean Water Act at Work: EPA Supports Bristol Bay!

Ask the EPA to use their CWA Section 404(c) authority to protect Bristol Bay! Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is initiating a process under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to identify appropriate options to protect the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery in Bristol Bay, Alaska, from the potentially destructive impacts of… Read more »