Preserving our Fish, Wildlife and Plants in an Uncertain Future

Mount Evans, CO | © Fay Augustyn Since I was a baby, I have spent summers in Colorado. Memories of playing in the rivers and hiking the mountain trails are some of my fondest. I continue to believe there is nothing more liberating than escaping the everyday grind of the city and heading into the… Read more »

America is Rivers

Spending some time enjoying the Chicago River! As a primary city dweller, I have found that it is far too easy to forget the amazing topography of the United States. Mountains, rivers, lakes, plains and forests merge together to become the America we know and love. While all of these features are vastly different, together… Read more »

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Outdated stormwater infrastructure puts clean drinking water at risk.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 »

Water Resources Bill Weakens Environmental Review and Public Comment

Washington, D.C. – The House of Representatives today passed H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act. American Rivers President Bob Irvin stated: “The Water Resources Reform and Development Act traditionally authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct flood management, ecosystem restoration and navigation projects on our nation’s rivers and coasts. Unfortunately,… Read more »

And The Photo Contest Winner Is…

2013 National River Cleanup photo contest winner: Susan Simonson photo from the Antietam Creek Rubbish Roundup in Maryland You voted, the results are in, and we have the winner of the 2013 National River Cleanup® photo contest! After two weeks of you sharing the voting page on Facebook, tweeting the link to your followers on… Read more »

Harmful water grab bill passes House, fight continues

Crystal River, Gunnison National Forest, Colorado The House of Representatives voted today to approve a bill that could dry up countless stretches of rivers and harm river restoration efforts nationwide. H.R. 3189 – the so-called “Water Rights Protection Act” – passed by a 238-174 vote. This bill is terrible news for rivers nationwide. It puts… Read more »

Everything’s Bigger in Texas – Including Playa Lakes

Waterfowl flying in Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge | USFWS Playa lakes are a type of shallow wetland that typically form after rainfall. They can be found across the Southern High Plains, in states such as Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, and Kansas – but the highest density of playas can be found in Texas. Up to… Read more »

House Approves Bill to Block EPA from Protecting Clean Water

Despite thousands of comments sent by activists last week, on Tuesday, September 9, the US House of Representatives voted to approve HR 5078. This bill was yet another attempt to block the Clean Water Act protection rule-making underway by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). You can see how… Read more »