Getting the Full Story on the Towanda Fracking Spill

Yesterday, on the anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf, there was another disaster in Pennsylvania. A well blew out during a fracking operation, sending thousands of gallons of wastewater and toxic chemicals into a stream that feeds the Susquehanna River. You can read our press statement. Chesapeake Energy, the company responsible for… Read more »

Oregon Preparing for Climate Change

There’s been a recent flurry of climate-related activity as a number of states have begun to prepare for the impacts of climate change. Oregon, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington state, and Wisconsin have all released climate preparedness plans in the past few months, and New York state just finished accepting comments on an interim version of its… Read more »

Sewer Line Breaks, Dumping Raw Sewage in the Hudson

Dirty water in NY waterways | Tom Giebel/Atomische.com Many of our programs and efforts here at American Rivers are focused on creating the “right” water infrastructure for our communities. Particularly in older towns and cities, like the Hudson River Valley town where I live, our water and sewer pipes are more than a century old,… Read more »

Washington State Preparing for Climate Change

State of Preparedness: Washington In the past few months, a number of states have released plans detailing how they plan to prepare for climate change. I have reviewed efforts by Maryland, Oregon, and Pennsylvania so far. Today we’ll look at Washington’s adaptation planning effort. In Washington state, adaptation planning was divided into four topic areas… Read more »

Great News for the Green River!

Green River, UT | Scott Bosse Great news! The Colorado Water Conservation Board has decided to stop funding a study investigating a potential 500-mile pipeline from Wyoming’s Flaming Gorge Reservoir to the Colorado Front Range.  This pipeline would have withdrawn massive amounts of water from the Green River- a beautiful western gem running through Utah,… Read more »

Getting Climate Smart!

US Drought Monitor map illustrates the expansive drought conditions | © David Miskus, NOAA/NWS/NCEP/CPC Last year, drought wreaked havoc across more than 65% of the country. Wildfires blazed through 9.2 million acres of the west, crops suffered across the Midwest and 2012 topped out as the hottest year on record. While the fall and winter… Read more »

Meadows Field Season is Here!

Indian Valley, CA | © Julie Fair The high elevation regions of the Sierra form the headwaters of California and Nevada’s major rivers and the snowmelt from these areas provides the bulk of these states’ water supplies. Peppered along waterways at these elevations, are beautiful Sierra meadows. These popular recreation sites are critical to their… Read more »

Restoring the Health of Georgia’s Flint River

Flint River at Hightower Shoals | Alan Cressler Georgia’s Flint River is one of only 40 rivers left in the United States that flow for more than 200 miles undammed, and American Rivers intends to keep the Flint that way. The Flint is also unfortunately the “poster child” for Southeastern rivers running dry, and with… Read more »

Protecting Flow with the Clean Water Act

Science tells us that healthy rivers need water flows that follow natural patterns. These patterns are defined by the timing, magnitude, duration and frequency of rising and falling flow levels. The greater the departure from the natural flow regimen, the greater the impact to the river and its values. Explicit standards recognizing water flow as… Read more »

Clean Water or Clearcuts for Oregon?

This story originally ran on National Geographic’s WaterCurrents blog. North Umpqua River, OR | © Paul Colangelo/ILCP Big decisions are looming for management of 2.8 million acres of Oregon’s public forestlands – an area covering the size of more than eight Crater Lake National Parks. Because legislation concerning management of the so-called O&C lands could… Read more »