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 »

Who Is Your River Champion?

This blog was written by marketing and communications intern, Kathryn McDaniel Green River, UT | © Greg Pflug Nominate a River Champion today » In honor of 40 years of protecting and restoring rivers American Rivers is recognizing 40 notable people who have made contributions to river and wildlife conservation. American Rivers was founded in… 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 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 »