Can Beavers Help us Rehabilitate our Rangelands?

Before winter set in for the season, we discovered an impressive woody dam on the West Fork Carson River while doing field work in Hope Valley Meadow.  This high elevation alpine meadow sits on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada only a stone’s throw from South Lake Tahoe.  Because of its accessibility, it is… Read more »

In With the New Out With the Old…Toilet

This fall I was committed to renovating my old 1980’s style bathroom. Now that it is done my wife and I disagree a bit about what the coolest feature of the new bathroom is, she likes the claw foot bathtub, but I am excited about the toilet. Yeah, the toilet. Anyone who works in water… Read more »

Restoring Savannah River Shoals: Two States, a Canal and a Redhorse

The Augusta Shoals is a critical reach of the Savannah River near Aiken, South Carolina and Augusta, Georgia. “Shoals” are stretches of shallow, rocky rapids and were once common in Southeast Rivers – but many of these rivers have been drowned by dams. Shoals provide unique habitat for freshwater fish and mussels. More than 4… Read more »

Restoring the Health of Georgia’s Flint River

Georgia’s Flint River is one of only 40 rivers left in the United States that flow for more than 200 miles undammed, and American Rivers intends to keep the Flint that way. Rising from humble origins just south of Atlanta – the river’s headwater streams actually flow out of pipes buried beneath the world’s busiest… Read more »

Testifying on Green Infrastructure

Last week I had the opportunity to testify at a House hearing about a new EPA initiative called “integrated permitting.” The Agency’s idea is to look at ways to evaluate various Clean Water Act requirements together to see how they could be integrated. For example, if a city has pollution problems from urban stormwater runoff… Read more »

Restore the Yakima River and its salmon!

For nearly three years, I’ve been working with the Yakama Indian Nation and conservation partners at the National Wildlife Federation, The Wilderness Society, and Trout Unlimited (among others) to negotiate a package of habitat restoration and protection and water management measures to restore central Washington’s Yakima River and its salmon and steelhead in a way… Read more »

Deny Flaming Gorge pipeline permit, say river businesses and advocates

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 »

Averting Water Wars in the Carolinas

Like many communities across the Southeast, Lancaster County, South Carolina is proposing a new reservoir as a way to attract and support new development. The new bi-state Catawba-Wateree River Basin Commission asked to hear from American Rivers at its December meeting about water efficiency and conservation alternatives to reservoirs. We were glad for the audience,… Read more »