Bristol Bay Rivers among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Bristol Bay, Alaska – The rivers and tributaries of Bristol Bay, home to the world’s largest run of wild sockeye salmon, are threatened by what would be North America’s largest open pit mine.  The damage to tribes, clean water, wildlife and the fishing industry that would result from this mine has landed Bristol Bay on… Read more »

One year later, Washington’s clean water benefits from stimulus spending

Washington, DC – Communities across Washington are reaping the benefits of federal economic stimulus funds, one year after President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law. American Rivers helped secure the $6 billion for clean water and drinking water, including $1.2 billion in specific funding for green infrastructure and water efficiency. American… Read more »

A Victory for Endangered Species in the House of Representatives

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to strike something called the Extinction Rider out of the Interior-EPA Appropriations bill. This was a policy rider that would have prevented the Fish and Wildlife Service from working on the listing of any endangered species. This bill is possibly the most anti-environmental bill Congress has taken up…. Read more »

Can Beavers Help us Rehabilitate our Rangelands?

Before winter set in for the season, we discovered an impressive woody dam on the West Fork Carson River while doing field work in Hope Valley Meadow.  This high elevation alpine meadow sits on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada only a stone’s throw from South Lake Tahoe.  Because of its accessibility, it is… Read more »

Contaminants in Your Clams?

Residents along the Long Island Sound don’t just have to worry about possible beach closures this summer. Due to heavy rainfall over the last few days, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a temporary closure for shellfish harvesting in Nassau and Suffolk Counties along the coast. What does rainfall have to do with… Read more »

Endangered Rivers On FIRE!

Stop the Attacks on Clean Water  Let Congress know you support the Clean Water Act What a week!  News of the release of American Rivers’ annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® spread like wildfire this week.  This gives us great hope that progress will be made towards good decisions for our ten rivers this… Read more »

Fracking and Clean Water Threats

All Americans deserve clean water. So it’s heartening to see People magazine covering one of the leading threats to our rivers and clean water supplies – fracking. Living with Fracking | People Magazine The natural gas drilling technique known as fracking is a hot topic, highlighted by President Obama in the State of the Union… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Making Its Mark from Small Towns to Big Cities

At the end of September, New York City introduced a $1.5 billion plan to implement green infrastructure technologies across the city to help manage the stormwater runoff that overwhelms the city’s water infrastructure and causes an estimated 1.25 billion gallons of untreated sewage to flow directly into the city’s waterways every year. Together with a $2.9… Read more »

Help Shape the Fracking Study!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting four public information meetings on the proposed study of the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and its potential impacts on drinking water. Hydraulic fracturing is a process that helps production of natural gas or oil from shale and other geological formations. This is the process behind our listings of… Read more »

Iowa in the News – for Rivers, not Candidates

American Rivers listed the Iowa River on our America’s Most Endangered River list for 2007 (see video below). I was fortunate to be the river liaison for that river and had the chance to learn more about Iowa’s great rivers from our partners at the Iowa Environmental Council. The threat to the river was a… Read more »