Planning for growth – respect or diminish Colorado’s rivers?

Upper Colorado | Ken Neubecker Governor Hickenlooper recently received the initial draft of the Colorado Water Plan.  This “plan” has been in the making since the drought year of 2002, and it’s not over yet.  Work on the Plan, including public input, will continue through the coming year, with the Final version due to the… Read more »

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wants to Protect Arctic Refuge Wild Rivers

Hulahula River, Alaska | © Judith Slein (flickr) This week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommended designating 278 miles of four major wild rivers in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, the Atigun, Marsh Fork of the Canning, the Kongakut and, the Hulahula, as Wild and Scenic Rivers.  The agency found six additional… Read more »

Washington’s River Renaissance

Today’s post is a guest blog by Tom Uniack with Washington Wild. This blog is part of our series featuring the rivers protected by Congress in December 2014, including those designated as Wild and Scenic Rivers. Pratt River | Thomas O’Keefe On December 19, 2014, President Barack Obama signed into law legislation that formally designated the Pratt River… Read more »

Illabot Creek

Today’s post is a guest blog by Bob Carey, Strategic Partnerships Director, The Nature Conservancy in Washington.This blog is part of our series featuring the rivers protected by Congress in December 2014, including those designated as Wild and Scenic Rivers Canoeing on the Skagit River | Bob Carey Most of us who have spent time in the Pacific… Read more »

Water Trails as a Winter Wonderland

Today’s post is by guest author Susan Culp, Verde River project coordinator In the Verde River Valley, we rang in the New Year with a rare treat – a winter storm that brought a steady, beautiful snowfall, with accumulations measuring over a foot throughout many parts of northern Arizona. In the desert high country of… Read more »

Get Wild and Scenic in California

South Yuba River, whose protection inspired SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival | Leslie Elias Mid-January is one of my favorite times of year in Nevada City, which is home to American Rivers’ main California regional office. It’s the time of year when, thanks to the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, our little mountain town… Read more »

2014 Was a Great Year for Rivers – Thanks to You!

Scenic Middle Fork Salmon River, ID | © John Seebach As we enter a new year, and a new Congress, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for everything you did for rivers this past year. 2014 was a great year for rivers, in no small part thanks to you. For the first time… Read more »

New Wild and Scenic Rivers protected by the President

Trout River, VT | John Little Last month President Obama signed into law the most significant river conservation bill in almost six years including protecting a slew of new Wild and Scenic Rivers. The legislation conserves 140 miles of new rivers along with 17,000 acres of important riverside land in Washington, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Vermont, and Oregon. The legislation also permanently protected watersheds… Read more »

After Four Decades, a Victory for the North Fork

It’s been said that good things come to those who wait. North Fork Flathead River | Scott Bosse After four decades, the wait is finally over for all the citizens and conservation groups who have patiently and persistently fought to maintain the integrity of the North Fork of the Flathead River watershed along the western… Read more »

Congress passes wild & scenic legislation

In a rare stroke of bi-partisanship the U.S. Senate today passed the most significant piece of legislation to protect new Wild and Scenic Rivers in over five years.  With the Senate passing legislation identical to a bill passed by the U.S House last week Congress can agree on something—river protections are good public policy when… Read more »