Floating the Wild Yampa

Entering Yampa Canyon, CO | © Amy Kober Not many Americans outside the river or boating world are familiar with the Yampa River in Northwest Colorado. But this river is worth getting to know – as the last wild river in the Colorado River Basin, it’s a regional and a national treasure. I just spent… Read more »

Protecting the Wild Yampa River

The Yampa River in northwest Colorado is the last major free-flowing river in the Colorado River Basin. Carving through beautiful canyons and rich with history, the Yampa joins the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument. Because of its wild nature, the Yampa and its canyons provide refuge for endangered species and offer unparalleled recreational opportunities…. Read more »

A Special Connection to the Ozarks

Today’s guest blog is from John Whitaker, a long-time supporter of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. The Ozark Riverways were listed as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2011, and a big decision is about to be made by the National Park Service (NPS) regarding the management of this special place. The Ozark Riverways need… Read more »

Alpine Lakes Legislation Clears House Committee

Snoqualmie River, WA | Tom O’Keefe WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Natural Resources Committee passed by voice vote a handful of public lands bills including the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act (H.R. 361). The committee action marks the next step in a bill’s road to becoming… 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 »

Can the Colorado Water Plan work?

Fishing the Upper Colorado | Sinjin Eberle In a recent 5280 magazine article, Kate Siber asked, “Can a Water Plan Actually Work”? At times she came close, but never really answered her own question. The answer is a solid “it all depends”. The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) Director James Ecklund and his staff have put… Read more »

Just How Outdated is the 1872 Mining Law?

The General Mining Act of 1872 is an antiquated law governing mining on public lands. We need to protect special places that are threatened under this outdated rule.

Wild and Scenic Rivers Legislation to be Postponed

Washington, DC On Monday, November 17, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid confirmed that the lack of time and pressures to complete an economic stimulus package will prevent Congress from introducing a bi-partisan bill that included important protections for rivers including new Wild and Scenic River and Wilderness designations.  A silver lining in this disappointing news… Read more »

Legislation Introduced to Protect the Perquinmans River

Washington, D.C.— The Perquimans River, an ecological wonder in Northeastern North Carolina, is one step closer to being preserved forever, thanks to legislation introduced today by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC). If passed the legislation would direct the National Park Service to study the river for potential addition to the National Wild… Read more »

Bids Accepted for Simkins Dam Removal

Washington DC – American Rivers is pleased to announce that we are accepting bids for the removal of the Simkins Dam on the Patapsco River in Ellicott City, Maryland. We have been working with Friends of the Patapsco Valley State Park, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Maryland Department of Natural Resources for the past two years to… Read more »