New WRDA, Same Old Congress

The Big Sunflower River, MS would have been severely damaged by the Yazoo pumps project | © Louie Miller This week, the Senate is debating a bill called the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), S 601 [PDF], that will tell the Army Corps of Engineers what water infrastructure to build on our nation’s rivers and… Read more »

Why Should I Care About the Cost of Tap Water?

This is a guest blog from Jennifer Walker, the Water Resources Coordinator for the Sierra Club, Lone Star Chapter. Jennifer works primarily on the Texas Living Water Project, which is a joint project between the Sierra Club and National Wildlife Federation to transform the way we manage and allocate our water to better preserve the… Read more »

What Does a Government Shutdown Mean for Rivers?

With the National Parks closed no one can enjoy the beauty of the Elwha River in Olympic National Park, WA | © Lance McCoy Rivers and those who depend upon them will pay a price if the government shutdown continues much longer. The causes of the shutdown, the legislative battles over the Affordable Care Act, the… Read more »

Thank You For Voting!

Thank you for submitting your ballot for the 2015 National River Cleanup® Photo Contest! Voting will remain open until 11:59pm on February 5, 2016, so there is plenty of time to share the voting page with your family and friends! Check back in with American Rivers at the River Blog after February 5th to see… Read more »

Congressman Polis Acts to Save Rivers

Washington – Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) took a bold step today to protect rivers in Colorado and across the nation by removing his support for H.R. 3189, the so-called “Water Rights Protection Act.” The House of Representatives will vote on the bill on Thursday. The bill, which is being pushed by the National Ski Areas… Read more »

Kids Can Make A Difference For Endangered Rivers

How can kids make a difference for our endangered rivers? | press4kids Last week, we released our annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® report. My favorite interview was with press4kids, a daily news app for kids and schools. I was happy to get the call because I love any chance to get children excited about rivers… Read more »

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 announces three additions to Board of Directors

Washington, DC – American Rivers today announced that three new members were elected to its board of directors. The new directors bring a wealth of expertise and diversity of experience to American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization. Jaime A. Pinkham (St. Paul, MN) is Vice President for the Bush Foundation and leads their… Read more »

Senate Passes Flood Insurance Reform

Washington – In a win for public safety, taxpayers, and the environment, the Senate and House today passed critical reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program.  American Rivers has worked for years to reform the program, which has run up a near $20 billion debt to the Federal Treasury, and encouraged destruction of floodplains and… Read more »