Obama Administration moves to protect drinking water for millions of Americans

Washington, DC – American Rivers today strongly supported the Obama Administration for proposing a rule to restore protections to small streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act after those protections were eroded following two Supreme Court decisions. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 117 million Americans rely in whole or in part on… Read more »

Share Your Story: Enter the National River Cleanup Photo Contest

Bog cleanup on the Severn River, MD | © Jennifer Carr Each year cleanup volunteers and organizers submit their photos to the National River Cleanup® photo contest. With the deadline for submitting your 2013 photos quickly approaching I wanted to reflect on how powerful photos can be. On Thanksgiving Day after the turkey leftovers had… Read more »

Is the ski industry green? Not if it supports drying up rivers

H.R. 3189 would allow private water users to dry up rivers with impunity | © dalioPhot In his recent Grist article, Greg Hanscom writes about actions the ski industry is taking to combat climate change. He examines the lobbying muscle of the National Ski Areas Association and looks at the issues the industry group is… Read more »

The Army Corps Relaxes Restrictions for Trees on Levees

The Corps interim policy is a step forward for river health and fish and wildlife habitat | Joe Mabel American Rivers is often critical of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. But last week the Corps released a new interim policy that should allow for better fish and wildlife habitat along levee systems around the nation…. Read more »

Recovering Atlantic Coast Migratory Fish Populations

Today we have a guest blog from Dr. R. Wilson Laney, Senior Biologist in Fisheries and Ecological Services with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Raleigh, North Carolina. In Celebration of World Fish Migration Day on May 24, Dr. Laney discusses the need to recover migratory fish species in the U.S. Atlantic Sturgeon |… Read more »

Get Outside and Play – National Get Outdoors Day

Boundary Waters, MN | Joe Brandmeier Come one, no, come all! Saturday is National Get Outdoors Day! Events are happening in all fifty states promoting recreation, fun in the sun, and providing kids and families’ sites to get outside. Outdoor participation includes everything from building a kite and constructing a fort to hiking, biking and swimming…. Read more »

Experts available to comment on upcoming Colorado River Basin study

Washington, DC – Experts from American Rivers are available to comment on the upcoming release of a critical study by the Bureau of Reclamation examining water supply options in the Colorado River Basin.  The western water policy director of American Rivers, and the Colorado conservation director of American Rivers are both available for interviews about the study,… Read more »

Rough & Ready and Baldface Creeks Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, D.C. – American Rivers named southern Oregon’s Rough & Ready and Baldface Creeks among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2013 today, shining a national spotlight on nickel mining proposals that threaten a wonderland of wild rivers, clean water, rare plants, and outdoor recreation. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action… Read more »

Blue Trails: Protection through Recreation

Waccamaw River Blue Trail, SC | Charles Slate Although most Americans live within a mile of a river or stream, many don’t realize the central role that hometown rivers play in enhancing community quality of life. A healthy river provides plentiful supplies of clean drinking water, thriving fish and wildlife habitat, natural protection from flooding,… Read more »

What’s Your River Story?

Verde River Blue Trail, AZ | Doug Von Gausig Rivers have always been an important part of my life. I come from a family of avid fly fishermen and my love for rivers comes from spending time with them playing in and along the rivers of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Having had those special experiences… Read more »