Rivers Work Best When They’re Wet

If passed, HR3189 will hurt fish and wildlife by leaving river beds dry | © dalioPhoto The water supply system in the Colorado River Basin is near its breaking point. Despite an above normal snowpack in the Rockies, climate change and prolonged drought have sapped the once-vigorous Colorado River, threatening the water supply for 36… Read more »

House passes bill that will harm rivers nationwide

Washington – The House of Representatives voted today to approve a bill that could dry up countless stretches of rivers and harm river restoration efforts nationwide. HR 3189, the so-called “Water Rights Protection Act” passed 238-174. “This bill is terrible news for rivers nationwide. It puts the interests of the oil and gas industry,  corporate… Read more »

American Rivers announces America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014

www.AmericanRivers.org/MostEndangeredRivers www.AmericanRivers.org/SanJoaquin Washington, D.C. —  American Rivers today announced its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, naming California’s San Joaquin River the Most Endangered River in the country.  Outdated water management and excessive diversions, compounded by the current drought, have put the San Joaquin River at a breaking point. American Rivers is calling on… Read more »

Above the San Joaquin

Levees, agriculture, and urban development built in the floodplain, San Joaquin, CA | Julie Fair, with aerial assistance provided by LightHawk Nothing will truly show you the extent to which California’s rivers have been augmented like a view from the air. Thanks to a donation from LightHawk, I recently had the opportunity to fly over… Read more »

Media availability: Toledo drinking water solutions

In the wake of Toledo’s drinking water crisis, American Rivers announced that Katie Rousseau, Director of Clean Water Supply for the Great Lakes Region, is available for media interviews to discuss clean water supply solutions. American Rivers is a national non-profit river conservation organization working to protect healthy rivers, restore damaged rivers, and conserve clean… Read more »

Good News for the Little Plover River

Today we have a guest blog update from the Friends of the Central Sands about the Little Plover River – a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® list in 2013. Little Plover River | Barb Feltz The Little Plover River was on American Rivers’ list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® in 2013, due to… Read more »

Protecting River Flow with the Public Trust Doctrine

This is a guest blog by Steve Gilbert of the South Carolina Wildlife Federation. Saluda River, SC | Gerrit Jobsis Streamflow and water use is a pervasive issue across the country including the Southeast, a region often considered to be water rich. In South Carolina the Surface Water Withdrawal Act of 2010 that exempts agricultural… Read more »

The California Drought – Has Year 4 Begun?

Folsom Lake reservoir in January 2014 | Jacob Dyste As much of the US is in the grip of a frigid arctic air mass, California is in the grip of a ridge of high pressure that has blocked the procession of drenching storms we had in December. A similar pattern, dubbed the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge,… Read more »

EPA Potomac Highlands Implementation Grants:

Helping Lands, Rivers, and Communities of the Potomac Highlands March 2015 Download the report The American Rivers-Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Potomac Highlands Implementation Grant Program (PHIGP) provided critical funding for projects that fostered local, innovative solutions to improve the natural resources and socio-economic conditions in the Potomac Highlands and complemented the EPA’s Mid-Atlantic Highlands Action… Read more »

The River Forms Our Island

The following guest blog from Bud Skidmore is a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series — Edisto River, South Carolina. Bud Skidmore is a founding member and served two terms as chairman of the Edisto Island Preservation Alliance, a group whose mission is to preserve Edisto Island’s rural and agricultural way of life… Read more »