Colorado River Basin Study Overview

Colorado River, AZ, CO, NV, UT faces low water levels at the Hoover Dam | vnvlain In December 2012, the Bureau of Reclamation released the Colorado River Basin Study, a comprehensive look at projected water shortages and outdated water management in a basin that the American west has drawn heavily on for decades. The study… Read more »

VIDEO: Improving hydropower dams benefits rivers

Dams hurt rivers. They block a river’s flow and harm water quality, fish and wildlife, and recreational opportunities. In some cases where a dam is outdated, unsafe, or has outlived its usefulness, American Rivers advocates for dam removal. But in many cases, keeping a working hydropower dam in place makes sense. And with some upgrades… Read more »

Little Plover River Still Getting Sucked Dry

This is a guest blog by Barbara Gifford from Friends of the Little Plover River. © Jim Gifford Ask Wisconsin’s Governor and Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources to enforce the Public Rights Flow of the Little Plover River SAD NEWS: These continue to be very troubling times for the Little Plover River (LPR)… Read more »

New Report Shows How Green Infrastructure Investments Can Create Value for Commercial Property Owners and Tenants

This blog was originally posted by Larry Levine on NRDC’s Switchboard. “Green infrastructure” in urban and suburban areas – that is, techniques like green roofs, tree plantings, rain gardens, and permeable pavement, which absorb rainwater near where it falls – is proven to help solve major water pollution problems. These water management practices store rainwater… Read more »

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 »