Skiing, Snow, and Rivers – Making the Connection

Climate change is causing not only a lack of snow, but creating larger chain reactions everywhere.| © Gene Han In his New York Times opinion piece, “The End of Snow” Porter Fox explains the impact climate change is having on snow and the implications for the ski industry. He gets to the core issue when… Read more »

California Rain Welcome, But Likely Too Little Too Late

Click graph to enlarge | © UC San-Diego Center-for Western Weather and Weather Extremes Much of California is expected to receive rain over coming days from a series of storms lined up over the Pacific. However, it is unlikely to make a significant contribution to the overall drought situation. California is dependent on the snowpack… Read more »

Still A Few Large Steelhead Left In The Merced River… But For How Long?

Today’s guest blog about the #1 San Joaquin River and its tributaries (including the Merced River)— a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series— is from Michael Martin. Michael is a fly fisher currently serving as Director of the Merced River Conservation Committee. He has spent his career as a fisheries scientist working to… Read more »

More Snow from the Ski Industry

Don’t get snowed. The ski industry is continuing to push the bill that is bad for your rivers and could roll back environmental protections. Aspen’s at it again.  This time, they are promoting themselves in a video claiming that they are actively lobbying for solutions to the climate crisis.  They even made a trip all… Read more »

California Climate Change Funding Excludes Mountain Communities

In California, millions of dollars in state water and climate change funding is dispersed to disadvantaged communities (DACs). For example, an estimated $420 million of the 2014 water bond would support clean water for DACs and $200 million in carbon cap and trade revenues will be allocated to projects benefitting DACs. With hundreds of millions… Read more »

739,794 Comments and Counting to Support Clean Water

Over 700,000 people support the Clean Water Rule | League of Conservation Voters 739,794 comments have been written in support of the finalization of the EPA and Army Corps proposed rule, “Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’ Under the Clean Water Act.” On October 22, 2014 comments from several environmental organizations, including American Rivers,… Read more »

Planning for growth – 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 »

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 »

River Organizations Applaud Colorado River Basin Benefits Detailed in New Government Report

Colorado River | Bureau of Land Management DENVER, Colo.– American Rivers and American Whitewater today applauded the Bureau of Reclamation’s new report, “Moving Forward.” The report outlines achievable, common sense solutions that will help protect the 1,450-mile Colorado River for outdoor recreation, wildlife, and water supply for people and agriculture for generations to come. The… Read more »