During record drought, the Kittitas Reclamation District diverts water from its irrigation canals and works with local landowners to bring fresh flows to disappearing Yakima River tributaries. Cooperative relationships forged by the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan make it all possible.
Phase one of the project on the Upper West Fork Carson River stabilized 130 feet of high eroding streambank, providing habitat and water quality benefits.
Washington – Just over a month after American Rivers named the Colorado River the Most Endangered River in the nation for 2013, representatives from the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Reclamation, seven Colorado River basin states, and Ten Tribes Partnership are meeting today to discuss next steps for basin water supply. Matt Niemerski,… Read more »
Seattle, WA – A massive new water storage project in the Black Rock Valley east of Yakima would cost $6.7 billion and return only 16 cents on the dollar, according to a draft Environmental Impact Statement released today by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Washington Department of Ecology. The project would pump water… Read more »
Denver – The Flaming Gorge pipeline would be far too expensive and would harm the Green River’s world-class recreation and tourism economies, businesses and river advocates said today. American Rivers, American Whitewater, and the Colorado River Outfitters Association called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to deny a private developer’s preliminary permit application for the… Read more »
That is the connection Jeff Masters, a meteorologist and cofounder of the Weather Underground, described climate change and its effect on extreme weather events like floods, droughts and heat waves in a recent PBS broadcast: “They all tend to get increased when you have this extra energy in the atmosphere. I call it being on… Read more »
Tune in to The Daily Show this Thursday, July 16 to watch American Rivers science advisor Robert Glennon discuss America’s growing water crisis and his new book, Unquenchable. From Island Press: Robert Glennon captures the irony—and tragedy—of America’s water crisis in a book that is both frightening and wickedly comical…. Read more »
National environmental groups are working hard to present information to the Obama transition team on how to invest wisely in green infrastructure and jumpstart the economy. Check out this press release for some details. I attended the press conference on Capitol Hill where Betsy Otto, American Rivers’ Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, represented the groups… Read more »
Upper Colorado River | Credit: Ken Neubecker Many people associate the Colorado River with images of magnificent canyons, giant reservoirs, and terrifying rapids. For me, I think of a small trout rising to eat a Royal Wulff fly on a creek not much wider than my office. I grew up fishing on the headwaters of… Read more »
Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in the 2009 River Action Day (RAD)! For six years, since 2003, RAD has provided a unique opportunity for river advocates across the country to meet with members of Congress to discuss the issues important to their communities and local rivers. The event began with a motivating speech… Read more »