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 »

A Return to the River in the Twin Cities: Minneapolis

This is a guest blog from American Rivers interns Sam Padgett and Johannes Dreisbach. Ford Parkway Bridge, Minneapolis, MN | 2008 National Park Service Minneapolis, Minnesota is home to some of the country’s richest outdoor resources, abounding with parks, nature, and wildlife.   The Mississippi River, the fifth longest river in the world, provides life… Read more »

Fiscal Cliff Spending Cuts Threaten Rivers and Clean Water

McKenzie River, OR | Andorus [Excerpt from Bob’s article on Huffington Post] There’s a lot of attention being paid to the “fiscal cliff” that is due at the end of the year. Unless President Obama and Congress reach a deal before the end of the year to avert taking the nation over the fiscal cliff,… Read more »

Response to Duke Energy’s Statement on the Catawba River Coal Ash Ponds

It is our understanding that Duke Energy issued a preemptive statement on April 16, 2013 in anticipation of American Rivers’ designation of the Catawba River as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.  Rick Gaskins, Executive Director and Catawba Riverkeeper, provides a section-by-section response to Duke’s statement below in italics.  Duke Energy Statement: It’s disappointing that… Read more »

and justice for all': In Continued Opposition to the Shepherd Bend Mine

Today’s guest blog about the #7 Black Warrior River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Reverend Anthony “Alann” Johnson, MDiv, the President of Birmingham’s Titusville Community. On May 18, the Titusville Community passed a resolution opposing the Shepherd Bend Mine [PDF] that has been proposed on property predominantly belonging to… Read more »

Tell the EPA Not to Delay to Protect Clean Water

What You Can Do Ask your representatives to tell the EPA to support stormwater protections | © W.Marsh The price we pay for polluted runoff is in the unspoken cost of countless basement backups, cancelled fishing trips, and closed beaches. Unfortunately, there are plenty of costs we can calculate as well. For instance, the Federal… Read more »