Protecting the Roots of Rivers

Despite nearly thirty years of comprehensive protection under the Clean Water Act, two Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006 put protections for small streams and wetlands into question | © Nicholas A. Tonelli Trees draw in water, nutrients, and oxygen from thousands of tiny roots in the soil. Damage to even the smallest of… Read more »

Settlement secures key protections for Catawba-Wateree rivers, ends legal stalemate

  Columbia, S.C. – American Rivers, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League announced a settlement agreement with Duke Energy and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control that includes important protections for the Catawba and Wateree rivers and imperiled fish and wildlife. The agreement ends a legal… Read more »

Anglers Fund Conservation Update Part 3 – California

Welcome to Part 3 of the Anglers Fund conservation update, which summarizes our recent successes to protect and restore important fish habitat. The theme for this report is “healthy fish need healthy rivers”. We hope you’ll enjoy seeing how our work has a positive impact on fisheries. This week is California! See previous posts on… Read more »

Green River – Let ‘er buck!

In response to our action alert this summer, more than 10,000 American Rivers members and supporters contacted Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead to tell him “no” to new dams on the Upper Green River. The governor heard you, as the proposed dams recently were dropped from further consideration due to widespread public opposition.

Upper Flint River Resiliency Action Plan

Download the Action Plan American Rivers’ 2014 Upper Flint River Resiliency Action Plan aims to guide work by a variety of stakeholders to restore drought resilience to the upper Flint River system of west-central Georgia. It follows on discussions and efforts of the Upper Flint River Working Group and on the Running Dry report which… Read more »

A world without rivers

Dry river bed in the Sierra Nevada of CA | Austen Lorenz Imagine a world without rivers. No digging in with your raft paddle as you shoot rapids. No guiding a canoe quietly downstream. No diving into deep river pools or standing in the mist of a waterfall. No casting fly lines into flowing water… Read more »

Release the Rain Barrel!

Credit: Ipswich River Watershed Association Despite passing out of the Colorado House with bipartisan support, the popular legislation legalizing residential use of rain barrels in Colorado is currently being held hostage by Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee Chairman, Jerry Sonnenberg. With only days left in the Colorado legislative session, the fate of the… Read more »

The Green Infrastructure Conversation in Northern Ohio

American Rivers’ advocacy for green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) in the Toledo-Lucas County area is demonstrated with our work with the GSI Task Force. In May I had the opportunity to attend the 2015 Ohio Stormwater Conference that was held in Sandusky, OH. I was able to hear presentations from communities all over the state and… Read more »

Little Plover River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named  Wisconsin’s Little Plover River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2013 today, shining a national spotlight on excessive groundwater withdrawals by irrigation, municipalities, and industrial wells that threaten river health, wildlife, and fishing. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save rivers that are facing… Read more »