Reflections on Preserving Special Places

Take Action to Protect theBoundary Waters Tell Congress to keep the Boundary Waters safe for future generations! Today’s guest blog about the #6 Boundary Waters- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Jaime Pinkham, a member of the American Rivers Board. On June 1, Jaime joined well over a hundred local… Read more »

Greening Water Infrastructure

Today America is at a water management crossroads. American Rivers advocates using this transformational moment to move from outdated 19th century infrastructure to 21st century green infrastructure. The time is now to make long-lasting economic investments, create good jobs that respond to the new, green economy, and meet the water challenges communities across the country… Read more »

Clean Water or Clearcuts for Oregon?

This story originally ran on National Geographic’s WaterCurrents blog. North Umpqua River, OR | © Paul Colangelo/ILCP Big decisions are looming for management of 2.8 million acres of Oregon’s public forestlands – an area covering the size of more than eight Crater Lake National Parks. Because legislation concerning management of the so-called O&C lands could… Read more »

Oregon and California (“O&C”) Lands

click image to view full infographic The future of 2.6 million acres of high value public forest lands is at risk. Managed mainly by the Bureau of Land Management in Oregon known as Oregon and California (“O&C”) lands [PDF], these forests are home to perhaps the highest concentrations of pristine wild rivers in the United… Read more »

Dan River- coal ash spill one of the worst in history

The Dan River’s banks are coated with coal ash and the river runs dark grey a day after the spill began. | Source: Appalachian Voices The Dan River in North Carolina is the latest river to be devastated by a massive coal ash spill. Duke Energy’s shuttered coal power plan in Eden, NC had a… Read more »

Colorado’s White River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014

www.americanrivers.org/WhiteRiverCO Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named Colorado’s White River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014 today, shining a national spotlight on the threat oil and gas development poses to fish and wildlife habitat, clean water, and recreation opportunities. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save rivers that are… Read more »

Water Resources Bill Brings New Challenges for River Protection

Washington – The Senate voted today to approve HR 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA). The bill, which President Obama is expected to sign, makes major changes to how Army Corps of Engineers water projects are reviewed under cornerstone environmental laws. “WRRDA is a mixed bag for rivers,” said Bob… Read more »

Happy New Year from a Creek in Central Pennsylvania

Bermudian Creek, PA | Liz Deardorff My vision of breaking a snowy cross-country trail through a West Virginia wilderness was dismissed by unseasonably balmy weather, so Christmas morning my husband and I sought the wonder of the holiday through the eyes of our three year old granddaughter — just the inspiration we needed to lift… Read more »

Progress to a Cleaner Water Supply

Lake Erie algal blooms | Katie Rousseau I started working for American Rivers in August, one week after the infamous water crisis that left more than 500,000 people in Southern Michigan and the Greater Toledo area without water for over two days. The water crisis was from a harmful algal bloom formation over the City’s… Read more »