Save a River, Raft a River: The Power of Outdoor Recreation

South Fork Yuba River in California | Austen Lorenz With a cool breeze blowing off the river, Jarrad looked up at the sunbaked limestone walls of the Auburn Quarry, a popular rock climbing area in the Auburn State Recreation Area along the Middle Fork of the American River, visualizing the moves required to get to… Read more »

Colorado River Basin study is step toward 21st century water management

Washington, DC – A federal study released today looking at water supply options for the Colorado River Basin is a critical step toward bringing water management into the 21st century. American Rivers applauded the Obama Administration for its effort on the report, which recognizes that climate change is making the status quo management regime of… Read more »

Legislature Should Establish Flow Protections for State’s Rivers

Columbia, SC — On the eve of a meeting between river science experts and state legislators, American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, called on the South Carolina legislature to establish protections for river flows to safeguard clean water, fish and wildlife, recreation, and local economies.  The South Carolina Independent Science Review Panel for… Read more »

EPA Watersense Specifications move Water Efficiency Efforts in the Right Direction

Washington — American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, applauds the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their recently released draft specification on the WaterSense label for new homes. WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by EPA, seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for… Read more »

The EPA Rules against North Carolina’s Detrimental Practice on Rivers

Columbia, SC – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined last week that North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) may not allow land purchase or protection as a substitute for requiring the adequate stream flows needed for healthy rivers.  EPA instructed the state to discontinue using the policies which allowed land for water… Read more »

Happy Birthday, NEPA!

America’s first modern environmental law – the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) – turned 40 last week. That’s cause to celebrate: NEPA set forth environmental protection and conservation as an official policy of the U.S. government. It also created a structured environmental review process that requires federal agencies to assess the ramifications of their actions… Read more »

Southeast water and beyond

Guest post by Gerrit Jobsis, southeast regional director of American Rivers: I was pleased to serve on a discussion panel after the showing of the award winning documentary film, FLOW – For Love of Water, directed by Irena Salina.  The film chronicles the dire prospect of a global shortage of clean water and how multinational… Read more »

Where does my water come from?

My one year old daughter Aviva sits in the bath tub and marvels at the sprinkle of water that splashes her face. She swats it and surprises herself. Overjoyed, she leans over, drinks it and smiles. It is magic! Or at least, it seems like it to her. But it is not magic. It’s an intricate system of… Read more »