Register for National River Cleanup 2011!

River cleanup season is here! Have you considered organizing a cleanup on your local river? Registration is now open for the 2011 season. Help us celebrate the 20th Anniversary of National River Cleanup™ by registering today. American Rivers’ National River Cleanup™ connects people across the country to their local rivers ands streams though hands-on volunteerism. In… Read more »

The 2009 River Action Day was a Success!

Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in the 2009 River Action Day (RAD)!   For six years, since 2003, RAD has provided a unique opportunity for river advocates across the country to meet with members of Congress to discuss the issues important to their communities and local rivers.  The event began with a motivating speech… Read more »

Steps Towards a Solution for Martis Creek Dam

Map of Truckee River watershed | U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers/American Rivers The Army Corps of Engineers considers Martis Creek Dam, located near Lake Tahoe on a tributary to the Truckee River, one of the top 6 highest risk Corps dams in the nation. It is classified in the Corps’ most severe risk category, requiring… Read more »

Don’t Damage the Wild and Scenic Merced River

Today’s guest blog about the “Special Mention” Merced River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Dr. Michael Martin and Dr. Ralph Mendershausen. Dr. Michael Martin, a resident of Mariposa County, is a retired California Department of Fish and Wildlife toxicologist, an adjunct professor at City University in Hong Kong, and… Read more »

Barrier Removals in California

Fish passage barrier removal Since 1999, when American Rivers spearheaded the effort to remove the Edwards Dam from the Kennebec River in Maine, we have led the national movement to remove obsolete dams and other barriers from rivers. Since 2001, American Rivers has partnered with NOAA to help communities around the country restore their local… Read more »

Pauley Creek Meadows Restoration

If you spend time hiking in the forests of the Sierra Nevada, there’s a good chance that you will find your way to a mountain meadow. The total area of these meadows occupies only a fraction of the forest landscape, but their beauty makes them favorite destinations. One need only step from dense conifers or… Read more »

California FERC Hydropower Dam Relicensing

Beginning in the mid-1800s, hundreds of dams were built on California rivers. Many were first built to use in gold mining, but now most are used for hydropower generation and water supply. In the next decade, the licenses for 150 dams that affect hundreds of miles of streams will expire and the dam owners must… Read more »

HR3189 Sucks Rivers Dry – Here’s Why You Should Care

Dry river beds like this could be even more common if HR 3189 gets passed In Colorado and the arid West states, water rights are like property rights. They can be bought, sold or even leased. When someone holds the right to water, they know they are permitted a specific amount of water to use… Read more »

Come For a Ride Down the Colorado River!

Explore the Colorado River in Google Maps Street View This past August, as I floated down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon with the Google Street View team, I couldn’t help but think how incredibly awesome it would be for people all around the world to be able to take that same trip “virtually.” … Read more »

San Joaquin River, California

Aerial Views of San Joaquin River, CA The San Joaquin River is Central California’s largest river, supporting endangered fish and wildlife, communities, and is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. However, the river is so overtapped that it runs completely dry in stretches, threatening water quality, endangering fish and wildlife, creating… Read more »