Winter Wildlife on the River

A guest blog from Communications Intern Johannes Dreisbach. As we celebrate the last part of the winter season, we wanted to take a look at how different wildlife found in and around our rivers adapt to the unique season. You’ll see that these amazing animals each take on the cold temperatures, harsh weather, and limited… Read more »

It’s That Time of Year Again!

Iowa river cleanup volunteers have fun while giving back | © Iowa City Stormwater Its official, the 2013 National River Cleanup®season has begun! Last year, over 92,000 volunteers removed 3.5 million pounds of trash from more than 39,000 miles of waterways across America. As a result, the 2012 National River Cleanupwas the most successful season… Read more »

Reconnecting with Your Favorite Places

Fireworks at the nation’s capitol | © M.V. Jantzen Fourth of July – barbeques, fireworks, sunscreen, and being outdoors. What could make for a better holiday weekend? The Fourth is a time where we as Americans reconnect to things and people that are important to us – our families, friends, the outdoors, maybe your favorite… Read more »

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 »

New Federal Guidelines for Water Projects Give Overdue Recognition of Need for New Approach

Washington – American Rivers today welcomed the release of the Obama Administration’s updated federal guidelines for water infrastructure investments. Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers, made the following statement: “The new guidelines are a long overdue recognition that the old ways of treating our nation’s rivers are insufficient for the demands of the 21st century.  The old… Read more »