Is the ski industry green? Not if it supports drying up rivers

H.R. 3189 would allow private water users to dry up rivers with impunity | © dalioPhot In his recent Grist article, Greg Hanscom writes about actions the ski industry is taking to combat climate change. He examines the lobbying muscle of the National Ski Areas Association and looks at the issues the industry group is… Read more »

Upper Colorado River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014: Upper Colorado River Colorado Threat: Water diversions At Risk: River health and recreation Blue River, tributary of the Upper Colorado River, CO | © Spencer Blake The Upper Colorado River and its tributaries include some of the most heavily degraded rivers and some of the last truly healthy rivers… Read more »

My Flight over America’s Most Endangered River

Today’s guest blog about the #1 San Joaquin River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Jon Fairchild. Jon is a American Rivers’ conservation intern from California. Tell the California Water Resources Control Board to act this year to increase flows in the San Joaquin | © Julie Fair, flight by… 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 »

Conserving Working Farms and Rivers in Colorado

The Grand Valley in Colorado | NRCS Agriculture and working landscapes play an integral role in Colorado. Colorado agriculture contributes $ 41 billion to the state economy and employs 171,921 people. Working farms and ranches also substantially contribute to Colorado’s recreation economy through a growing agritourism industry. Agriculture also remains critical to the economy of… Read more »

Focus on the Catawba River’s Future

Today’s post is a guest blog by Vicki Taylor “The Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group is at the cutting edge of cooperative discussion about water resources and energy. It is exciting to see this in our backyard, and I look forward to interacting with the group more in the future.” -Comment from a participant in the… Read more »

New Bill Could Save the Edisto River

Today we have a guest blog update on one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014, the South Fork Edisto River in South Carolina. Legislators in South Carolina have introduced legislation that would end the exemption for large agricultural water withdrawals through state permitting. Below are the comments made by a partner of American Rivers, Doug… 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 »

Save a River, Raft a River: The Power of Outdoor Recreation

South Fork Yuba River in California | Austen Lorenz With a cool breeze blowing off the river, Jarrad looked up at the sunbaked limestone walls of the Auburn Quarry, a popular rock climbing area in the Auburn State Recreation Area along the Middle Fork of the American River, visualizing the moves required to get to… Read more »