51 Dams Removed to Restore Rivers in 2013

Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 or Devin Dotson, 202-243-7066 Washington, D.C. — Communities in 18 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 51 dams in 2013, American Rivers announced today. Outdated or unsafe dams came out of rivers in Alabama, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North… Read more »

America’s Most Endangered Rivers Coming April 9!

The Colorado River was last year’s #1 Most Endangered River. Stay tuned to see what river will be picked this year? | © Pete McBride It is almost time for American Rivers’ annual report on rivers in peril— America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014!  American Rivers and its partners nationwide will announce America’s Most Endangered… Read more »

Intertwined Lives: Migratory Fish and Freshwater Mussels

Lampsilis reeveiana lure | MC Barnhart Migratory fish and freshwater mussels have more in common than you might think. Each have unique life cycles and depend on clean, free flowing water to thrive. Migratory fish spend time both in freshwater streams and in the ocean. Some species, like herring, live in the ocean and reproduce… Read more »

American Rivers Statement on New Mexico Drought Bill Introduction

Washington — New Mexico Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today introduced the New Mexico Drought Relief Act of 2014. The bill promotes innovative approaches to water management that will help keep water in rivers to benefit fish and wildlife while supporting rural economies. In addition to initiating a study by the National Academy of… Read more »

Little Plover River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named  Wisconsin’s Little Plover River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2013 today, shining a national spotlight on excessive groundwater withdrawals by irrigation, municipalities, and industrial wells that threaten river health, wildlife, and fishing. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save rivers that are facing… Read more »

A Repeat of 2011? Dirty Water Riders in the House Interior Appropriations Bill

Today, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies will mark up their appropriations bill for fiscal year 2013. This bill authorizes spending for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Interior (DOI), and other agencies like the Forest Service. Unfortunately, in a repeat of 2011, the House Interior-EPA Appropriations bill includes… Read more »

Tubing The Shenandoah Puts Importance Of Clean Water Into Focus

Last weekend, I spent the day tubing down the Shenandoah River by Harper’s Ferry, close to where it meets the Potomac. There are few better ways to beat the heat of a Washington, DC summer than escaping downtown and spending some time on (or in) the water! Fortunately for me and my fellow tubers, it… Read more »

Enter the 2012 National River Cleanup Photo Contest

2011 National River Cleanup photo contest winner | Jeanne Ison It’s time to celebrate the river cleanups of 2012.  To ring in the new year in proper fashion: The 2012 National River Cleanup Photo Contest will run now through the end of the year.  In the beginning of January voting on the top ten photo… Read more »

The Climate Conversation Continues

KP Tripathi Earlier this week, President Obama continued reinvigorating the debate on climate change during his State of the Union: “But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change… We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the… Read more »

Floods, Droughts and Agriculture

This post is part of a blog series for Getting Climate Smart, a joint effort by NRDC and American Rivers to guide state action on climate and water preparedness. Please join us for a one-hour webinar on May 14 at 3pm EDT, where we’ll provide highlights from our new guide and state officials from California… Read more »