American Rivers Kicks Off 20th Anniversary of National River Cleanup(TM)

Washington, DC — American Rivers, the nation’s leading voice for healthy rivers and clean water, today announced the kickoff of National River Cleanup™, now in its 20th year. The program, which mobilizes hundreds of thousands of volunteers to pick up trash from rivers nationwide, is poised for its most successful year to date. Millions of… Read more »

Lower St. Croix River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington— The Wild and Scenic Lower St. Croix River, a hotspot for anglers and boaters and a rare natural retreat from urban life, could have its character destroyed if poorly planned development along the river continues. This threat landed the Lower St. Croix in the number ten spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers: 2009 edition…. Read more »

History Repeating Itself

In an NBC interview on the Mississippi River flooding, Andrew Fahlund, senior vice president of Conservation for American Rivers, talks about history repeating itself as we lose more wetlands and floodplains and as more people are being put in harm’s way. 4 million live in flood zone areas. Over 35 million acres of wetlands have… Read more »

New Report: Investments in Clean Water Could Create Millions of Jobs

American Rivers has partnered with Green for All and the Economic Policy Institute to compose the report “Water Works: Rebuilding Infrastructure, Creating Jobs and Greening the Environment”. The results of the research that was put into the report show that investments in our water infrastructure would yield 1.9 million American jobs and add $265 billion… Read more »

Tell Your Senators: Don’t Cut Conservation Programs

Take Action to Support Clean Water Take a moment right now to urge your Senators to reject cuts to hard-won conservation programs Your call today will come at a very important time when the Senate is back in session. A quick phone call to your Senator is even more powerful than a letter. Here’s what… Read more »

Transforming Urban Gardens

Installation of Milkwaukee’s Southside urban community gardens | Sean Foltz American Rivers and the Garden District Neighborhood Association recently received a grant through Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District’s Green Infrastructure Partnership Program. The funding is helping transform an area on Milwaukee’s Southside into a sustainable showcase for urban community gardens across the country. A first of… Read more »

Successful Habitat Restoration Projects

Morgan Point Bendway Closure Structure, ArkansasThe $2.7 million project was designed to restore flows to the Morgan Point Bendway, which was cut off when the Wilbur D. Mills Dam was constructed. An overflow weir closure structure at the mouth of the bendway and a water supply pipeline from the dam was built. Additionally, some areas… Read more »

Flood Risk Rising on the Mississippi River?

Chevron on the Mississippi River | © Olivia Dorothy The Mississippi River is perhaps the U.S’s most visible and enduring example of an altered river. Where the Upper Mississippi River was once free flowing with islands, backwaters, and wide floodplains to support diverse fish and wildlife, it is now a series of pools, created by… Read more »

Progress to a Cleaner Water Supply

Lake Erie algal blooms | Katie Rousseau I started working for American Rivers in August, one week after the infamous water crisis that left more than 500,000 people in Southern Michigan and the Greater Toledo area without water for over two days. The water crisis was from a harmful algal bloom formation over the City’s… Read more »