Urban Swimming: Portland’s Willamette River

Originally posted on NatGeo’s Newswatch Willamette River swimmers, August 2014. Photo courtesy Human Access Project. Through my goggles, I watch the sun lighting up the surface of the water, gold-green. My air bubbles are silver against the dark below. Each time I take a breath I look for the bright caps of my fellow swimmers,… Read more »

Meadow Reconnaissance

Summer in American Rivers’ California regional office means field season – or, as it should more aptly be named, meadow season. Going on three summers, and with the continued support of the National Fish and Wildlife Fund (NFWF), American Rivers’ staff has assessed meadows for restoration prioritization on a watershed scale. This summer, over 80… Read more »

Toledo’s Water Ban Lifted: Now What?

Take Action: Sign the Petition Protect My Rivers and Clean Water The algal bloom in Lake Erie spotlights that we can’t take our clean water for granted. Communities that rely on the Great Lakes for their main source of drinking water need better plans to keep their source water free from contamination. Urge Lake Erie… Read more »

Media availability: Toledo drinking water solutions

In the wake of Toledo’s drinking water crisis, American Rivers announced that Katie Rousseau, Director of Clean Water Supply for the Great Lakes Region, is available for media interviews to discuss clean water supply solutions. American Rivers is a national non-profit river conservation organization working to protect healthy rivers, restore damaged rivers, and conserve clean… Read more »

North Carolina Budget Provides Funding to Clean Up Polluted Stormwater

Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina is plagued by polluted stormwater flushing into its streams and rivers.  One of the biggest sources of this pollution is land that was heavily developed with little regard for the potential adverse impacts that run-off could have on the water quality.  Now, communities across the state are looking for solutions… Read more »

Settlement secures key protections for Catawba-Wateree rivers, ends legal stalemate

Columbia, S.C. - American Rivers, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League announced a settlement agreement with Duke Energy and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control that includes important protections for the Catawba and Wateree rivers and imperiled fish and wildlife. The agreement ends a legal stalemate over… Read more »

Orvis: A Champion for the Colorado River

Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge, Green River, CO | Matt Rice There is a road that veers Northwest off Highway 40 about 70 miles west of Steamboat, Colorado.  I don’t think many people drive this road as I have only seen about a dozen vehicles on the handful of trips I have been there.  Driving… Read more »

April Showers Bring May Flowers – And Vernal Pools

Vernal Pool | Nicholas Tonelli April showers bring May flowers – and vernal pools, if you live in California or Southern Oregon. Vernal pools are seasonal depressional wetlands that fill up with rainwater during winter and spring, but may be dry for part of the year. They are typically found on the West Coast, especially… Read more »