State Court Ruling Clarifies All Georgia Waters Protected by Buffers

Wetlands | Nicholas Tonelli Atlanta, Ga. —The Georgia Court of Appeals sided with conservation groups yesterday and ruled that all state waters are protected under Georgia law by a 25-foot vegetative buffer. The decision overrules the Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s (EPD) policy that only some state waters are protected by the Erosion and Sedimentation Act’s buffer… Read more »

Settlement secures key protections for Catawba-Wateree rivers, ends legal stalemate

  Columbia, S.C. – American Rivers, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League announced a settlement agreement with Duke Energy and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control that includes important protections for the Catawba and Wateree rivers and imperiled fish and wildlife. The agreement ends a legal… Read more »

Orvis: A Champion for the Colorado River

Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge, Green River, CO | Matt Rice There is a road that veers Northwest off Highway 40 about 70 miles west of Steamboat, Colorado.  I don’t think many people drive this road as I have only seen about a dozen vehicles on the handful of trips I have been there.  Driving… Read more »

Say NO to New Dams on Wyoming’s Green River

As part of Wyoming’s new statewide water strategy, Gov. Matt Mead is considering whether to recommend building two large dams near the headwaters of the Green River. Building new dams would devastate fish and wildlife, flood one of the state’s most popular fishing and hunting grounds, inundate private property, and submerge valuable livestock grazing lands…. Read more »

Moving forward for a healthy Flint River

When Georgia’s Flint River appeared on our America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2013 list, American Rivers and our allies were in the middle of a legislative battle that spanned two full sessions of the Georgia General Assembly. It was a long, hard fight, but in the end, Flint Riverkeeper and many Georgia Water Coalition partners including… Read more »

Ushering in a new era of conservation

This article is a joint opinion piece co-authored by Tom Vilsack and Matt Rice. Tom Vilsack serves as the 30th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Matt Rice is the director of the Colorado River Basin Program for American Rivers. This article was first published in the Sante Fe New Mexican. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack… Read more »

As the Weather Heats Up, So Do Attacks on Clean Water in Congress

Ask your Representative to oppose dirty water provisions! | Nicholas A. Tonelli As the temperature starts to climb here in Washington, many of us might start thinking about summer vacations to the beach, a day spent floating our local river, or a weekend trip to a lake. The bad news is that attacks in Congress… Read more »

Epic Streamflows In Western Colorado – Is It Sustainable?

Morrows Point dam is spilling at over 9,000 cfs! | Joel Evans This year’s spring runoff in Western Colorado is bordering on epic! With the Shoshone Reach on the Colorado near Glenwood Springs running at over 16,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) and the three Aspinall Unit dams (Blue Mesa, Morrow Point, and Crystal) spilling… Read more »

It’s Time to Move On From Teton Dam

Remnants of the Teton Dam | Scott Bosse The catastrophic failure of the Teton Dam in eastern Idaho 38 years ago this month will forever be remembered as a turning point that helped bring our nation’s modern dam-building era to an end. The disaster took 11 lives, killed 20,000 head of livestock, and caused $2… Read more »