Battles Continue on the St. Croix River

St. Croix, MN, WI | Jenni Ripley Supporters of the Wild and Scenic St. Croix River in Minnesota are fighting another battle — this time against a gravel mine.  A corporation is proposing to operate a gravel mine on the site of a dormant, unreclaimed gravel mine (known as the Zavoral Site).  It is located… Read more »

Five Things My Three Year Old Reminded Me About Rivers

August fishing on North Umpqua River, OR | Amy Kober Our family spends a lot of time on Oregon’s North Umpqua River. My husband John fishes there. It was the first river we visited with our son, when he was only three weeks old. And now that August is three years old, we love to… Read more »

A Power Struggle on the Delaware

Delaware River, DE, NJ, NY, PA | Nicholas Tonelli In 2007, American Rivers highlighted the Upper Delaware River on our list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® [PDF] because it was threatened by a massive power line through the Wild and Scenic River.   Then again in 2010, the Upper Delaware appeared at the top of the… Read more »

All Hope is Not Lost for St. Croix

St. Croix, MN, WI | Jim Denham Poor St. Croix River… sigh…  Recent attacks on this river caused it to appear on our 2009 and 2011 lists of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.  In March 2012, President Obama signed a bill that created an exemption to the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in order to build… Read more »

Victory on the Hoback!

Hoback River, WY | Scott Bosse Over the last two years, the Hoback River in western Wyoming has climbed from #7 to #5 in our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® report due to the threat of industrial-scale gas drilling in its headwaters. Today, the Hoback exited the list the right way – by being saved. At… Read more »

Groups Seal Deal to Protect Transboundary Flathead River

North Fork of the Flathead River, MT | Scott Bosse The decades long battle over whether to develop the mineral wealth underlying one of North America’s most wildlife-rich river corridors is finally over. Last week, The Nature Conservancy of Montana and the Nature Conservancy of Canada announced they had raised the $10 million needed to… Read more »

Spawning Salmon Return to the Yakima River

Spawning salmon on the Cle Elum River, WA | American Rivers Last week on the way home from a conference in Ellensburg, Washington put on by the Washington State section of the American Water Resources Association (a great organization the Washingtonians among you might consider joining after you make sure your American Rivers membership is… Read more »

Mining, Rivers, and Volcanoes Don’t Mix

Lewis River Meadow, WA | Susan Saul Mount St. Helens is an American icon. Anyone who lived in the Northwest during the 1980 eruption may remember ash and dust covering nearly every surface imaginable. People who lived in other parts of the country at the time may remember the amazing images of an ancient volcano… Read more »

Celebrating a Special Stream, Montana Style

Blue skies and a light breeze accompanied the aroma of grilling sausages at the inaugural “Celebrate East Rosebud” event held at East Rosebud Lake late last month. While most of the 240 local residents in attendance brought dishes to share – delicious homemade foods piled high on tables in the historic East Rosebud Lake Lodge… Read more »

No Conservation Zone?

Flathead River | © Darcy Nonemacher Many of us have strong connections to rivers that are protected through Wild and Scenic designation. I was lucky to grow up in the Flathead Valley in northwestern Montana, and the forks of the Flathead River hold special memories for me. In fact, last summer I took my family… Read more »