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 »

Stand against corporate lobbyists for a strong Clean Water Act

Ask your Representative to oppose dirty water provisions | Photo by Rodney Campbell Right now, corporate lobbyists for building construction and factory farm interests are putting pressure on Members of Congress to support attempts to block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers’ efforts to restore long-standing protections under the Clean… Read more »

As the Weather Heats Up, So Do Attacks on Clean Water in Congress

Ask your Representative to oppose dirty water provisions! | Nicholas A. Tonelli As the temperature starts to climb here in Washington, many of us might start thinking about summer vacations to the beach, a day spent floating our local river, or a weekend trip to a lake. The bad news is that attacks in Congress… Read more »

Can Carolina Bays Make the Cut?

Lake Waccamaw Carolina bay | Yawper Despite their name, Carolina bays are different than estuaries such as the Chesapeake Bay or Bristol Bay in Alaska. Perhaps more familiar to many of us, places like the Chesapeake Bay refer to the area where a freshwater river or stream meets the ocean. Carolina bays, on the other… Read more »

American Rivers Statement on New Mexico Drought Bill Introduction

Washington — New Mexico Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today introduced the New Mexico Drought Relief Act of 2014. The bill promotes innovative approaches to water management that will help keep water in rivers to benefit fish and wildlife while supporting rural economies. In addition to initiating a study by the National Academy of… Read more »

Featured River

Protecting Turtles through the Clean Water Act America’s smallest turtle, the bog turtle, only grows to roughly 3-4 inches – small enough to fit in the palm of your hand! Federally listed as a threatened species, these little guys are dependent upon wetlands for their home. Ensuring that these wetlands are protected under the Clean… Read more »

Less Road Salt = More Eggs

Last month, I shared a photographic journey around the Deer Creek watershed in Maryland with Jim Thompson from Maryland Fisheries Service (Fisheries Service). In this video, Jim explains how they sample for herring eggs in Maryland streams. Today, I wanted to follow-up on that adventure by looking at some of the results of this ongoing… Read more »

Everything’s Bigger in Texas – Including Playa Lakes

Waterfowl flying in Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge | USFWS Playa lakes are a type of shallow wetland that typically form after rainfall. They can be found across the Southern High Plains, in states such as Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, and Kansas – but the highest density of playas can be found in Texas. Up to… Read more »

More Snow from the Ski Industry

Don’t get snowed. The ski industry is continuing to push the bill that is bad for your rivers and could roll back environmental protections. Aspen’s at it again.  This time, they are promoting themselves in a video claiming that they are actively lobbying for solutions to the climate crisis.  They even made a trip all… Read more »