Protecting Michigan’s Rogue River

Rapid development along the Rogue River, MI has made it important that we work with communities for smart growth to protect the river | © Kaie Rousseau The Rogue River watershed is just a short drive north of Michigan’s second largest metropolitan area, Grand Rapids. Covering a 262 square-mile drainage area, the Rogue flows south into… Read more »

Securing Future Water For The Colorado River Requires Action Now

Both Lake Powell and Lake Mead reservoirs are less than 50% full | © Wikipedia A recent piece in the New York Times “Colorado River Drought Forces a Painful Reckoning for States” (January 6) paints a dire picture of water scarcity in the Colorado basin, a crisis of supply and demand on an almost continental… Read more »

Searching for Steelhead in San Francisquito

Searsch for Steelhead, San Francisquito Creek, CA | © Kerri McLean My search for steelhead on San Francisquito Creek yesterday didn’t yield any fish, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Despite a major ongoing drought in California, we were lucky enough to have one significant rain event in Northern California a couple weeks ago. A portion… Read more »

South Fork of the Edisto River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014: South Fork of the Edisto River South Carolina Threat: Excessive water withdrawals At Risk: Fish and wildlife habitat, recreation, and water quality South Fork Edisto River, SC | © Hugo Krispyn The Edisto River is one of South Carolina’s most iconic rivers for paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts. However, excessive… Read more »

Stop Diverting the Upper Colorado River to Death

Upper Colorado River, CO – Moffat East Portal | © Ken Neubecker The population of Colorado is expected to double by the year 2050. That means there will be another five million people living, working, playing, raising families, and otherwise enjoying all the things that make Colorado what it is. All these new people will probably… Read more »

It’s Time to Move On From Teton Dam

Remnants of the Teton Dam | Scott Bosse The catastrophic failure of the Teton Dam in eastern Idaho 38 years ago this month will forever be remembered as a turning point that helped bring our nation’s modern dam-building era to an end. The disaster took 11 lives, killed 20,000 head of livestock, and caused $2… Read more »

Big Wins for Rivers in the Southeast

Catawba River, SC July brought big victories for two legal cases initiated by American Rivers that will significantly benefit rivers in the Southeast. These victories would not have been possible without our close collaboration with and strong support from regional and local conservation organizations. In Georgia, the State Court of Appeals sided with American Rivers,… Read more »

EPA Administrator is Working to Protect Economic Health

You probably know the importance of clean water when it comes to your health, but did you know that clean water is also imperative to the health of our economy? EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy wrote about the importance of clean water for economic growth in her op-ed that appeared in the Huffington Post September 29,… 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 »