Planning for growth – do we respect or diminish Colorado’s rivers?

Upper Colorado | Ken Neubecker Governor Hickenlooper recently received the initial draft of the Colorado Water Plan.  This “plan” has been in the making since the drought year of 2002, and it’s not over yet.  Work on the Plan, including public input, will continue through the coming year, with the Final version due to the… Read more »

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wants to Protect Arctic Refuge Wild Rivers

Hulahula River, Alaska | © Judith Slein (flickr) This week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommended designating 278 miles of four major wild rivers in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, the Atigun, Marsh Fork of the Canning, the Kongakut and, the Hulahula, as Wild and Scenic Rivers.  The agency found six additional… Read more »

Celebrating another year on the Edisto River

Today’s blog is a guest post by Hugo Krispyn. Friends of the Edisto | Heather C. Clarkson If we’re not exactly a family, we are at least a community, and the Edisto is the tie that connects us. Walking past the registration table and down the hill to the meeting tent at the Friends of… Read more »

The Klamath and Killer Whales

Algae bloom behind Klamath dam | James Norman The rivers of the Pacific Coast once teemed with wild salmon, providing nourishment for humans, wildlife, and ecosystems from the mountains to the sea—including many communities of orca whales. But for the last century, dams, habitat loss, and excessive harvest have pushed salmon to the brink. Dams… Read more »

What’s Happening With the Ski Industry’s Bill

Last March, the House of Representatives voted to approve a bill that could dry up countless stretches of rivers and harm river restoration efforts nationwide. H.R. 3189 – the so-called “Water Rights Protection Act” – passed by a 238-174 vote. This bill would put the special interests of the oil and gas industry and Big… Read more »

Wave of Public Support for Protecting the Grand Canyon

The New York Times is running this story by Adam Nagourney today, highlighting significant threats facing the Grand Canyon, one of our country’s greatest national treasures. The story examines the Escalade tram development that could carry as many as 10,000 visitors a day from the canyon rim down to the confluence of the Colorado and… Read more »

Conewango Creek Needs Your Vote for River of the Year

Since we posted the original blog (A Tale of Two Dams, found in its entirety below), some great things have happened. First, we successfully completed the dam removals in early September, 2014. The photos below show a comparison of Conewango Creek before and after the Hospital Dam (the largest of the two dams) was removed. Second, Conewango… Read more »

Holiday Challenge Official Rules

American Rivers’ CrowdRise Holiday Challenge Official Rules Entry into this contest constitutes your acceptance of these Official Rules and The CrowdRise terms and conditions located at CrowdRise and individual prize sponsors’ involvement does not constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation or favoring of any individual fundraiser that is participating in this competition. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED… Read more »

Happy Thanksgiving – And Thank YOU

It’s a time of saying thanks. And we want to thank YOU — all of our members, volunteers, activists, and partners — for your hard work and dedication to healthy rivers! From all of us at American Rivers: Have a safe, warm and happy Thanksgiving.

End of Comment Period for Waters of the US

November 14, 2014, marked the end of the public comment period on the proposed rule, Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’ Under the Clean Water Act. American Rivers would like to thank everyone who has submitted comments to the docket. It is important to let the Agencies know you care about clean water and… Read more »