Tell the Forest Service to Keep our Rivers and Streams Clean

The Forest Service recently released its draft Planning Rule (National Forest Management Act) to outline the way 193 million acres of public forests and grasslands are managed.  The 400,000 miles of streams flowing from these forests provide 66 million people with drinking water supplies and critical habitat for more than 500 rare, threatened or endangered… Read more »

Tribes, Fishers, and Local Residents Oppose Pebble Mine

It’s a battle that has been brewing for years and one that is not likely to end soon… the Pebble Mine in Alaska. We highlighted the concerns about this project on our 2011 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™. At American Rivers, we know very well that while some potentially harmful projects might be quickly defeated, others… Read more »

Why Fracking The Grand Is A Bad Idea

Today’s guest blog for our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series discusses concerns over fracking the Grand River from Kathryn Hanratty, with Enviroscapes Landscape Design: Take Action to Protect theGrand River Tell the Ohio legislature to institute strong protective standards for natural gas development! The Grand is an incredibly beautiful and diverse river. Springing from wetland… Read more »

Second of Two Dam Removals near Troy, North Carolina

Dam removal on the Denson’s Creek, NC | American Rivers “I have to say that this was the most rewarding project that I have worked on in my 29 years with the Service.” – Ricky Campbell, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Excavator Operator The US Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with the Town of… Read more »

White House Conference on Green Infrastructure

Katherine Baer speaking at the White House Conference on green infrastructure | American Rivers Last week I had the great opportunity to attend and speak at a White House Conference on Green Infrastructure convened by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency designed to bring together leaders in this area to… Read more »

This Election Matters for Rivers

Pledge to Vote Clean Water Take the pledge to vote clean water » Americans value clean water and healthy rivers. Clean water consistently ranks as the top environmental concern among American voters, according to Gallup. It doesn’t matter whether you live in a blue state or a red state, or whether you’re a Democrat or… Read more »

Water Infrastructure Redefined

Over the course of the last year I had the opportunity to participate in the Aspen Institute’s Dialogue on Sustainable Water Infrastructure. Participants included representatives from public and private utilities, consulting firms, academia, government and the nonprofit sector. The final report “Sustainable Water Systems: Step One – Redefining the Nation’s Infrastructure Challenge” includes a number… Read more »

Susquehanna Fish Diseased Yet The River Is Not ‘Impaired’

Wildlife depend on a healthy Susquehanna River for survival | © MissTessmacher The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Pennsylvania’ Department of Protection (PA-DEP) list of impaired waterways [PDF] disappointing advocates for a healthy Susquehanna River. In August 2011, American Rivers joined the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), Pennsylvania’s Fish and Boat Commission (Fish and… Read more »

Black Warrior River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2013: Black Warrior River Alabama River Update: 9/29/2014: Opposition Mounting to Coal Mine on Black Warrior River At Risk: Drinking water quality and fish and wildlife habitat Threat: Coal mining Black Warrior River, AL | Nelson Brooke Tell the University of Alabama, the major owner of land and mineral rights… Read more »

Forests to Faucets

Forests and forested watersheds in the Southern Appalachian Mountains in the Southeastern U.S. are at serious risk due to development pressure from regional population growth, and as a result of land management practices. Compared to other regions around the country, the Southeast has some of the most vulnerable forests in the U.S. in terms of… Read more »