How Much are Safe Drinking Water, Clean Rivers Worth?

Outdated stormwater infrastructure puts clean drinking water at risk. Congress must invest now to protect against sewage overflows. According to the most recent House Interior-EPA Appropriations bill, which sets funding levels for the Department of Interior, the EPA, and other related programs, safe drinking water and clean rivers aren’t worth very much. In the subcommittee’s… Read more »

Dam Removal Resource Center

Develop Your Dam Removal Skills American Rivers has created a series of resources designed to provide information about the different components of a dam removal project and help practitioners develop the skills and confidence necessary to undertake their own projects. Keep reading to learn which tools may be right for you. Our newest resource is… Read more »

Strategic Plan 2014-2018

Future Focus Download the full Strategic Plan 2014-2018 [PDF] » In order to carry out our mission and achieve our vision, American Rivers has developed this new Strategic Plan to make us a more focused and effective conservation organization. Over the next five years, our work will concentrate on protecting the rivers and basins in… Read more »

EPA misses another opportunity to reduce stormwater pollution

Every time it rains or winter snows melt, the water you see pooling up along streets and sidewalks carries bits of road salt, oil, gravel, and other pollution into local streams and rivers. With my colleagues here at American Rivers we’ve helped communities build green infrastructure projects that keep runoff out of our waters and… Read more »

Celebrate Migratory Fish Throughout May

On May 24, 2014, people around the world will gather to celebrate the inaugural World Fish Migration Day (WFMD). WFMD is a one-day global initiative to raise awareness on the importance migratory fish. Local events are being planned by dozens of organizations and state and federal agencies to improve the public’s understanding of the critical… Read more »

Some River Restoration Projects Are Worth The Wait

John C. Boyle Dam, Klamath River | American Rivers Throughout the month of June, we will be talking on our blog and social media about the challenges that we face when doing river restoration projects around the country. In some cases, restoration work is fairly straightforward and follows a relatively predictable timeline. However, sometimes unexpected circumstances may… Read more »

River Guardians Spring Conservation Update: Part 1 – National Successes

Welcome to Part 1 of the River Guardians Spring Conservation Update, which highlights some of American Rivers’ most recent national successes. Whether we’re removing dams, cleaning up trash, or advocating for legislation, all our work helps to revitalize rivers for both people and wildlife. Please enjoy! About the River Guardians River Guardians are among American… Read more »

Groups Petition EPA to Protect Rivers, Coastal Areas From Polluted Runoff

WASHINGTON, DC — Conservation groups filed petitions today urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to exercise its authority to safeguard rivers, lakes, and streams from polluted runoff from existing commercial, industrial, and institutional sites that are currently failing to adequately control their pollution. Polluted runoff – rainwater that picks up oil, dirt and toxins while… Read more »

Elwha and White Salmon River Restoration Projects Show Great Success

Washington, DC – One year since two of the nation’s most significant river restoration projects began, American Rivers is applauding the progress and significant economic, environmental, and social benefits that have already started to accrue.  The nation’s leading river conservation organization also warned against an extreme piece of legislation that would hurt river restoration efforts… Read more »

Fracking With Diesel

Take Action To Protect Rivers From Diesel ContaminationFrom Fracking Tell the EPA that you support restricting the use of diesel in fracking by July 9th! Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been developing permitting guidance for hydraulic fracturing operations using diesel. The guidance will be the first federal policy focused on protecting drinking… Read more »