Meadow Stewards Group formed for Hope Valley Restoration Project

On May 6th a large group of passionate citizens from both California and Nevada came out to Hope Valley Meadow for a volunteer orientation.  American Rivers and local partners are leading an effort to rehabilitate this iconic meadow that lies in a high Sierra watershed that feeds both states.  The Alpine Watershed Group and Friends… Read more »

North Carolina Fracking Law Vetoed, Veto Overturned

UPDATE 7-3-12 4 PM — Unfortunately, the environmentalist in the NC House were not able to sustain the veto the Governor issued over the weekend. As RandomAction notes, it appears that the deciding vote was an erroneous vote by a Representative from Charlotte- Becky Carney, who has been against fracking from the beginning. When she… Read more »

Protect our Clean Water Supplies with Green Infrastructure

Earlier this week, an entire section of the Beltway surrounding Washington, DC was shut down after a 54-inch water main broke and flooded the highway, snarling traffic and leaving 400,00 residents without water. Helicopter footage shows what looks like a river flowing over the road, turning over cars and destroying nearby businesses and homes. On… Read more »

Read Me A River

One of the best things about winter is getting to curl up with a good book. So how about a good river read with your favorite kid…  Here are some recommendations from some of our staff: For starters, there’s “Trout, Trout, Trout (a fish chant)” written by April Pulley Sayre that highlights freshwater fish in the… Read more »

Say No to Fracking for North Carolina

With a recent victory to postpone a vote to open up the Delaware River Basin to fracking (hydraulic fracturing for natural gas), it looks like there is some understanding of the potential adverse impacts of fracking on our clean water supplies. Our listing of the Susquehanna River as number one on the list of the… Read more »

Streams and Rivers Threatened by Toxic Mining Waste

Because of a recent Supreme Court case, Coeur Alaska Inc. v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, a mining company will be allowed to dump toxic mining waste into a pristine Alaskan lake, killing all aquatic life. The Court relied on a Bush administration rule that says that “filling” a waterbody with waste and contaminated materials –… Read more »

The importance of small streams

Stream in Branford, CT | Credit: Frank Slack Small streams, why care? They’re small, you can’t paddle or swim…so why do they matter and what’s all the fuss about saving these systems. For me it’s a bit different. Over the years I have developed a love affair with these tiny streams. What once began as… Read more »

USGS Goes with the Flow

Whooosh!  Do you think that your favorite local river is flowing as free as can be?  Sorry to be the bearer of bad river news, but it probably is not, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).  Apparently 86% of rivers and streams that were assessed by USGS have significantly altered flows.  86%!!  That’s… almost all… Read more »

World Wetland Day – Love your Carolina Bay!

In honor of World Wetland Day, I’d like to highlight one underappreciated wetland type which happens to be a personal favorite of mine.  Being a southern salamander lover, Carolina Bays have always been a fascination. Fed largely by rain and shallow groundwater, Carolina Bays [PDF] are elliptical shaped isolated wetlands found primarily in Georgia and the… Read more »