Harmful water grab bill passes House, fight continues

Crystal River, Gunnison National Forest, Colorado The House of Representatives voted today to approve a bill that could dry up countless stretches of rivers and harm river restoration efforts nationwide. H.R. 3189 – the so-called “Water Rights Protection Act” – passed by a 238-174 vote. This bill is terrible news for rivers nationwide. It puts… Read more »

Upper Colorado River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014

www.americanrivers.org/UpperColorado Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named the Upper Colorado River Basin among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014 today, shining a national spotlight on the need for Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to prevent new water diversions and instead prioritize river protection and water conservation measures in the state water plan. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers… Read more »

Migratory Fish and their Role in the Greater Ecosystem

We talk quite a bit about “restoring fish passage” and “fish habitat” when we talk about restoration at American Rivers. However, beyond making the connection to the meditative joys of recreational angling or an elusive reference to a salmon steak, we rarely discuss the larger role fish play in the world. As we celebrate the… Read more »

Hometown Rivers Caught on Film

In the stunningly-shot, award-winning documentary film Who Owns Water, brothers Michael and David Hanson return to the source of their childhood river and paddle it to the Gulf of Mexico to take you deep into the Water Wars. Recently I finally had a chance to see a new movie I’d been looking forward to catching…. Read more »

Will the mayors help or hurt the Mississippi River?

Mississippi River Press Conference | Olivia Dorothy Today, the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative unveiled a new program: The Mississippi River Sustainable Development Fund to provide grants for startup costs for sustainable riverfront development. Funding for this grant program will be provided by partner city and corporate contributions. The mayors are right on track,… Read more »

Colorado Water Plan – The Importance of a New Tension

There is nothing more important for Colorado’s future than water. Given that, few things are more critical than the current effort to create a statewide Colorado Water Plan. In 2013, Governor Hickenlooper instructed the Colorado Water Conservation Board to conduct a two-year long planning process to develop a codified approach for how to manage our… Read more »

It is Scientifically Proven That What Happens Upstream Will Affect Downstream

Small stream | © Jaroslav Kuba On January 15, 2015 the Environmental Protection Agency released a scientific report demonstrating the importance of small streams and wetlands to downstream water quality. The report, Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters, is based on current scientific research, specifically 1,200 publications from peer-reviewed scientific literature. The EPA’s… 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 »

River Guardians Spring Conservation Update: Part 2

Northern Rockies, Central Rockies, and the Midwest Long-Awaited Victory for the North Fork of the Flathead River North Fork Flathead River, MT | Scott Bosse American Rivers and our conservation partners scored a major win in the four-decade battle to defend the integrity of Montana’s North Fork of the Flathead River along the western boundary… Read more »