American Rivers hosts 6th annual River Action Day on Capitol Hill

Washington, DC —  River advocates from 25 states will join American Rivers tomorrow on Capitol Hill to send a strong message to Congress about the importance of healthy rivers to communities, and the need to strengthen and pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act (HR 2454) sponsored by Congressmen Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Ed… Read more »

Water Experts Available to Comment on Drought Science, Politics, and Solutions

Washington, DC – This summer, more than 55 percent of the United States is in a moderate to extreme drought situation. Farmers are losing crops, businesses are losing revenue, and communities are scrambling to address dwindling drinking water sources. As the nation’s leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams, American… 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 »

Drain 8 Million Gallon Reservoir Because of Some Pee?

Pee in our drinking water? First reaction might be, “Eww!” There has been a flurry of debate over the Portland Water Bureau’s decision to drain a drinking water supply reservoir after a man was caught urinating into it. What do you think – was it the right thing to do? Even in infinitesimal amounts, who… Read more »

Making Our Communities SAFE

The increasing trends of extreme weather we’ve seen over the last couple of years have just been confirmed; last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) new report found that the number of extreme events: increasing temperature, drought, rainfall and flooding, are in fact long term trends, so we’d all better get ready! Preparing… Read more »

Saving Sierra Nevada rivers from misguided dam proposals

The South Sutter Water District recently proposed the 350-ft Garden Bar dam on the Bear River approximately 45 miles northeast of Sacramento California. Garden Bar Reservoir would permanently flood approximately 2,500 acres in the lower Bear River, 900 of which are permanently protected public open space (Map2). At a cost of nearly half a billion… Read more »

The Origin of Water (Apologies to Darwin)

Where does our water come from? And how did it get there? For some folks the answer is the grocery store (and Fiji) but for most of us the answer is that it flows out of the tap when we turn it on. Though the reality is that the water does not just magically appear in either… Read more »

Colorado River Study: Will There Be Enough Water To Support The Demand?

Colorado River Delta | Peter McBride Will there be enough? “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.“ – W.H. Auden Yesterday, The Bureau of Reclamation issued its Final Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study. Authorized by Congress through the Secure Water Act of 2009 and jointly funded and prepared by the… Read more »

Announcing America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2013

Colorado River through the Grand Canyon | © Amy Kober For thirty years, our America’s Most Endangered Rivers report has highlighted urgent threats to rivers and has spurred the public to take action. Through the report, we have helped sound the alarm on hundreds of rivers, saving them from threats like pollution and new dams…. Read more »

Making Progress Means Investing In Every Drop

Take Action to Protect theColorado River Tell Congress to make a plan to restore the flows on the Colorado River! Making progress means investing in every drop. Kudos to the City of San Diego who seems to be ready to rise to the challenge of restoring balance to its water usage and the realities of… Read more »