Protecting the Roots of Rivers

Despite nearly thirty years of comprehensive protection under the Clean Water Act, two Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006 put protections for small streams and wetlands into question | © Nicholas A. Tonelli Trees draw in water, nutrients, and oxygen from thousands of tiny roots in the soil. Damage to even the smallest of… Read more »

Another Nail in the Pebble Mine Coffin

Bristol Bay, AK | © Bob Waldrop Today, on the eve of the release of our annual report on America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, we are pleased to share that the Bristol Bay Rivers in Alaska are one step closer to a full victory over the Pebble Mine. Yesterday, Rio Tinto, a global mining company, announced that… Read more »

Tell the EPA that You Support Clean Water Protections

Right now, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are moving forward to close these loopholes and reduce uncertainty by improving the existing regulations. Make your voice heard and let the EPA and the Army Corps know that you support these improvements to better protect clean water.

Proposed Rule Marks An Important Step For Clean Water

The Obama Administrations proposed rule will help clarify confusion around surrounding the types of waters that are protected under the Clean Water Act | © Jaroslav Kuba Today, the Obama Administration publicly released a proposed rule to address the uncertainty and confusion surrounding the types of waters that are protected under the Clean Water Act…. Read more »

When Will We Stop Taking Water for Granted?

Attempting to contain an oil spill in a river Clean water is something we all tend to take for granted. Whether it is the tap water from our sink or the river we like to canoe in, we expect it to be clean. But as several recent pollution spills have exemplified, we can’t take our… Read more »

Carolina Coal Ash Liability- Tell South Carolina to Protect Drinking Water!

South Carolina citizens, tell your State Senator to oppose H.3925!| © Eric Chance, Appalachian Voices You’d hope that South Carolina would learn from the tragedy and trauma poorly managed coal ash ponds have caused its neighbors in North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. Unfortunately, under pressure from the state’s most powerful corporate lobbying interest the South… Read more »

A River Bill More Popular Than Beer

North Fork Flathead River, MT | © Scott Bosse It’s a rare event these days when the two major political parties in Congress can lay down their swords and agree on anything. For the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a pro-conservation bill by unanimous consent is almost unimaginable. Yet that’s exactly what happened earlier… Read more »

EPA Must Take One More Step to Protect Bristol Bay

Ask the EPA to permanently protect Bristol Bay from mining! In 2011, American Rivers listed Bristol Bay as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, due to the threat of a massive copper/gold mine that would devastate the landscape, fisheries, and local way of life. We are pleased that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released… Read more »