Let’s Kickoff the 2014 River Cleanup Season!

Keurig volunteers piled up bag after bag of trash and litter to be hauled away It’s time to kick-off our 2014 river cleanup season! Already National River Cleanup has 200 registered cleanups and with rivers thawing and temperatures on the rise we’re excited to see that number grow! River cleanups are an excellent way to connect… Read more »

Less Road Salt = More Eggs

Last month, I shared a photographic journey around the Deer Creek watershed in Maryland with Jim Thompson from Maryland Fisheries Service (Fisheries Service). In this video, Jim explains how they sample for herring eggs in Maryland streams. Today, I wanted to follow-up on that adventure by looking at some of the results of this ongoing… Read more »

Hydro “Power Grab” Bill

Clackamas River Project bypass | Lisa Brown, Water Watch Oregon Healthy rivers are essential to the health and well-being of our communities. Hydropower dams have major impacts on river health, clean water, and wildlife. For more than 20 years, we’ve been able to achieve balance between healthy rivers and hydropower production because all the stakeholders,… Read more »

REI’s Sally Jewell to head Interior Department

Washington –  American Rivers today welcomed President Obama’s choice of REI chief executive Sally Jewell to head the Department of the Interior. The President of American Rivers, Bob Irvin, made the following statement: “We applaud President Obama’s choice of Sally Jewell for Secretary of the Interior. As the head of REI, the outdoor gear and… Read more »

Report Details Benefits of ‘Daylighting’ Urban Streams

Read the report:  www.AmericanRivers.org/DaylightingReport Washington, DC – With many miles of streams buried underground in cities nationwide, American Rivers today released a report, “Daylighting Streams: Breathing Life into Urban Streams and Communities” to highlight the benefits of revitalizing urban streams. The report shows how daylighting streams – freeing them from underground pipes and restoring them… Read more »

Is Your Favorite River Endangered This Year?

Guess what rivers are the most endangered this year?  If you live in this state alphabet soup, you might see a nearby river in the news on May 15: CO, DC, GA, IA, KS, MD, MO, MT, ND, NE, OH, PA, SD, UT, VA, WA, WV, and WY Are you wondering what issues we will… Read more »

MillerCoors Employees Clean Up Local Rivers During Great Water Month

MillerCoors celebrates Great Water Month in Golden, CO | MillerCoors Personally, I love a cold beer after a float down the river.  And you certainly can’t call yourself a “beer lover” without recognizing how important clean water is to the production of that bit of frothy goodness.  Water is essential to every step of the… Read more »

Shampoo, Soap, and Toothpaste: The New Water Pollution?

the Italian voice Last week, a study from the University of Minnesota found that increasing amounts of triclosan, an anti-microbial ingredient used in soaps, toothpastes, and even some over-the-counter drugs, were present in lakes across Minnesota. Researchers studied sediment cores from the bottoms of eight different lakes and found that levels of triclosan and its… Read more »

Getting Climate Smart!

US Drought Monitor map illustrates the expansive drought conditions | © David Miskus, NOAA/NWS/NCEP/CPC Last year, drought wreaked havoc across more than 65% of the country. Wildfires blazed through 9.2 million acres of the west, crops suffered across the Midwest and 2012 topped out as the hottest year on record. While the fall and winter… Read more »

Urban Rivers of Life

This is a guest blog from Tim Beatley. Tim is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the University of Virginia, where he directs the Biophilic Cities Project. Belle Isle, James River, VA | © Tim Beatley There are few natural features as important as rivers and streams in defining cities, in shaping sense… Read more »