Investing In Clean Rivers For A Healthy Chesapeake Bay: New Report

Cities and counties in the Bay states are behind schedule implementing permit controls to reduce stormwater runoff | © Jayme Frye The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has released a new report, “Polluted Runoff: How Investing in Runoff Pollution Control Systems Improves the Chesapeake Bay Region’s Ecology, Economy and Health.” Storm event runoff pollutes thousands of… Read more »

Clean Water Act at Work: EPA Supports Bristol Bay!

Ask the EPA to use their CWA Section 404(c) authority to protect Bristol Bay! Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is initiating a process under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to identify appropriate options to protect the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery in Bristol Bay, Alaska, from the potentially destructive impacts of… Read more »

Gila River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014: Gila River New Mexico Threat: New water diversions At Risk: River health, fish & wildlife, recreation, and tourism Gila River, NM | © Patrick Alexander New Mexico’s last free-flowing river, the Gila, is threatened by an expensive and unnecessary water diversion and pipeline project. The new diversions, pipelines, and… Read more »

A Western Colorado perspective on “New Supply”

Today’s guest blog about the #2 Upper Colorado River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Jim Pokrandt, Chair of the Colorado Basin Roundtable. To facilitate discussions on water management issues and encourage locally driven collaborative solutions, nine basin roundtables were established by the Colorado Water for the 21st Century Act. These… 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 »

Meadow Reconnaissance

Summer in American Rivers’ California regional office means field season – or, as it should more aptly be named, meadow season. Going on three summers, and with the continued support of the National Fish and Wildlife Fund (NFWF), American Rivers’ staff has assessed meadows for restoration prioritization on a watershed scale. This summer, over 80… Read more »

Colorado Water Plan – Don’t leave healthy ecosystems out to dry

Upper Colorado River, CO | Ken Neubecker On November 19th the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) reviewed and approved the draft Colorado Water Plan.  With that and a few “tweaks”, the 385-page document will be sent to the Governor’s office for his review by December 10.  This isn’t the end of the process though.  The… Read more »

Fighting Erosion from Forest Roads

The forested Yuba River watershed in the Sierra Nevada | Gary Reedy Picture a tranquil dirt road through the forest, sloping downhill until it crosses a dry stream bed and winds away through the trees on the other side. There’s a good chance that the next time it rains, that road won’t be quite so… Read more »

Get the facts: endangered species and the Water Rights Protection Act

Crystal River, Colorado American Rivers is disappointed that the Aspen Times chose to print a “clarification” of the substance of the Water Rights Protection Act and our position on that legislation without first asking for our side of the story. We are even more dismayed because that “clarification” is factually inaccurate. In its “clarification,” the… Read more »