Two Weeks, For the Rivers

Flint River | Joe Cook, Coosa Riverkeeper As I concluded my second week on staff at American Rivers, floating down the upper Flint River in a kayak with Joe Cook, the Coosa Riverkeeper, I couldn’t help but reflect on the meandering path that brought me here. It was almost exactly 10 years ago that I… Read more »

Pilot Projects Accelerate Meadow Restoration

In 2015, we will complete five meadow restoration projects with our partners in five watersheds (see photo reel). This on-the-ground work is part of our conservation strategy that uses pilot projects to build momentum, galvanize partnerships, demonstrate early successes, and ultimately create a fertile framework to accelerate restoration. We have seen time and again how… Read more »

With new thinking, flood control projects can ease drought

Originally printed as an Op-Ed in The Sacramento Bee. Levees along the San Joaquin River | Sarah Craig Recently, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature announced a $1.1 billion drought relief plan for California. But the $660 million allocated for flood management had many observers scratching their heads. We believe that this money could actually enhance water… Read more »

Get the facts: endangered species and the Water Rights Protection Act

Crystal River, Colorado American Rivers is disappointed that the Aspen Times chose to print a “clarification” of the substance of the Water Rights Protection Act and our position on that legislation without first asking for our side of the story. We are even more dismayed because that “clarification” is factually inaccurate. In its “clarification,” the… Read more »

Collaborative Plan Provides Vision for Nooksack River

Upper Nooksack River, WA | Scott Willison It is such a thrill to complete a project! Especially a two and half year collaborative, planning project that involves several organizations, governments and individuals who have spent hundreds of hours in meetings, on field tours and site assessments, and researching and writing detailed information. It gives me… Read more »

One for the Fish

A healthy meadow with a meandering creek | Max Odland “Oh man, poor fish!” said American Rivers’ California Director of Headwaters Conservation Luke Hunt, standing on the edge of a five-foot high stream bank looking down at a series of disconnected mud puddles that made up Pine Creek. As we stared into the muddy water,… Read more »

How the Ski Industry Could Sell Off Your Rivers to the Highest Bidder

Ski industry association wants to auction off water from your rivers. What that means for you. Tell your Senators to stop the ski industry from trying to sell our rivers to the highest bidder. As the snow melts, the National Ski Areas Association turned their attention, once again, to waiving the Endangered Species Act, making… Read more »

Investing in a Drought Resilient Future

Last Thursday Governor Brown announced a farsighted $1 Billion dollar drought relief plan for California, but the $660 million allocated for flood management had many observers scratching their heads. The Governor is absolutely right to be thinking ahead about flood: The epic ten-year Australian drought ended with the two biggest flood years on record. Below is… Read more »

Who Can Stop the Rain?

Rain barrels help connect us to water | Ipswich River Watershed Association Did you know that capturing rainwater off your roof for gardening is still illegal in the state of Colorado? It sounds silly, but a few years ago a family in rural San Miguel County sought to collect rainwater from their roof for their… Read more »

EPA Potomac Highlands Implementation Grants:

Helping Lands, Rivers, and Communities of the Potomac Highlands March 2015 Download the report The American Rivers-Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Potomac Highlands Implementation Grant Program (PHIGP) provided critical funding for projects that fostered local, innovative solutions to improve the natural resources and socio-economic conditions in the Potomac Highlands and complemented the EPA’s Mid-Atlantic Highlands Action… Read more »