Migratory Fish and their Role in the Greater Ecosystem

We talk quite a bit about “restoring fish passage” and “fish habitat” when we talk about restoration at American Rivers. However, beyond making the connection to the meditative joys of recreational angling or an elusive reference to a salmon steak, we rarely discuss the larger role fish play in the world. As we celebrate the… Read more »

Dam Challenges by Design

Every dam removal process faces unique challenges and complexities. This blog is a part of our series this month on River Restoration Challenges. Dam removal projects come in all shapes and sizes— from the dynamite-using, decades-in-the-making, multi-million dollar, salmon-helping Elwha dam removal in Washington to elbow-grease powered, under $10,000, community-championed, two-in-one, brook-trout-benefitting dam removals on… Read more »

American Rivers Kicks Off National River Cleanup Season

Washington, DC  – American Rivers, the nation’s leading voice for healthy rivers and clean water, today announced the kickoff of National River Cleanup®. For over two decades this program has mobilized hundreds of thousands of volunteers to pick up trash from rivers nationwide. Healthy rivers provide major benefits like clean drinking water, wildlife habitat, and recreation… Read more »

Congress Votes to Roll Back Clean Water

In one of the most sweeping attacks on clean, safe water in our nation’s history, the House of Representatives today voted to turn back the clock 40 years on clean water protections. The “dirty water bill”, H.R. 2018 was introduced by Representative Mica (R-FL) and Representative Rahall (D-WV) and undermines critical Clean Water Act safeguards… Read more »

The Clean Water Act Through the Generations Blog Series

Michael Paul Growing up in Georgia, my sister and I spent countless hours walking the banks of our little creek, crossing fallen logs, racing stick boats, and looking for buried treasure that we were sure lay beneath the sandbars. It didn’t matter to us that our creek was known officially on maps only as “an… Read more »

Water Water Is Not Everywhere

Wetland Drought | USGS From where I sit in Georgia, it’s Spring.  The rains are here, flowers are in bloom (as they have been since January), rivers are running high(er), and drought, at least for now, is far from the headlines.  Yet, I know what is lurking just around the corner.  Drought and water issues… Read more »

April Showers Bring May…

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 »

Because There Is No Substitute For Water

This blog was originally written for Zócalo Public Square. Seattle, Washington has been a leader in water conservation by reducing water usage, while increasing their population | © Sam Teigen It is doubtful that the sorts of technological advances that have deferred or mitigated (but not resolved) world shortages of food and oil will do… Read more »