Wild and Scenic Rivers – Keeping them Free

Every river is unique, but a wild river has a special kind of magic. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons Picture Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon in Idaho, Oregon’s Rogue, Maine’s Allagash, the Southeast’s Chattooga. Clear rushing waters, breathtaking scenery, and wildlife make these rivers national treasures. Protecting our nation’s last wild rivers is what we… Read more »

Don’t Frack the Hoback!

Take Action to Protect theHoback River   Send a letter to PXP today asking them to donate or sell their gas leases to a conservation buyer! What would the American public think if energy companies proposed drilling for oil in Yellowstone National Park? We’d be outraged, of course. How about if an energy company proposed… Read more »

Halliburton Strikes Again and Again and Again

Halliburton — a company famous for its ties to our previous Vice President, Dick Cheney, and now its infamous “Halliburton loophole” in the Safe Drinking Water Act.  I expect in the past couple of weeks you have heard Halliburton tied to the cement failure that may have caused the BP oil spill this past summer.  Guess… Read more »

Maryland Sues Over Natural Gas Contamination of Susquehanna

It is good to see that the State of Maryland is not taking lightly the contamination of their waters by natural gas activities. Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has sent a letter to Chesapeake Energy notifying them of the State’s intent to sue for violation of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the… Read more »

Protecting The Mighty Kaw

Take Action to Protect theKansas River Help us today to tell the Corps to end dredging on the Kaw by 2017! With Memorial Day behind us, the unofficial start to summer is underway! One of my favorite summer activities is getting out on the river. Picture your favorite river moment – the sun beating down,… Read more »

Survey Says Pascagoula River! Ding Ding Ding!

This is a test of the Most Endangered Rivers Recall System.  This is only a test.  Please do not adjust your blog. Who remembers what year the Pascagoula River was listed as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™?  Anyone?  Yes, you in the purple jumpsuit.  Purple jumpsuit says:  2009!  Correct!  Never underestimate a purple jumpsuit.  Lesson… Read more »

What is Happening with the 2011 Most Endangered Rivers?

Each spring American Rivers releases our top ten list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.  It is a day full of both angst and hope.  Of course, no river really wants to have the dubious distinction of being under such a great threat as to make “the list”.  Most rivers would rather flow freely- babbling along… Read more »

Battles Continue on the St. Croix River

St. Croix, MN, WI | Jenni Ripley Supporters of the Wild and Scenic St. Croix River in Minnesota are fighting another battle — this time against a gravel mine.  A corporation is proposing to operate a gravel mine on the site of a dormant, unreclaimed gravel mine (known as the Zavoral Site).  It is located… Read more »

Response to Duke Energy’s Statement on the Catawba River Coal Ash Ponds

It is our understanding that Duke Energy issued a preemptive statement on April 16, 2013 in anticipation of American Rivers’ designation of the Catawba River as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.  Rick Gaskins, Executive Director and Catawba Riverkeeper, provides a section-by-section response to Duke’s statement below in italics.  Duke Energy Statement: It’s disappointing that… Read more »

Maintain Protections for the Merced River

Today’s guest blog about the “Special Mention” Merced River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Tim Palmer, an award-winning environmental author, photographer, and speaker. Tim wrote the related book, Endangered Rivers and the Conservation Movement. This article was originally published by the San Francisco Chronicle on February 20, 2013. Take… Read more »