Costly and Extreme Bill Would Slow Job Growth, Hurt Business, Harm Communities, and Weaken Environmental Protection

Washington – Congress may be on vacation, but that hasn’t stopped Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) from introducing a bill that outlines a radical and potentially destructive vision for American hydropower—a vision that is at odds with mainstream thinking about hydropower policy. The bill, HR 6247, is designed to muzzle critics of unsafe and environmentally destructive… Read more »

Flood the Hill Week! Call your Senators!

Take Action to Keep Communities Safefrom Floods   Call your Senators today and askthem to pass theFlood Insurance Modernizationand Reform Act. Keep communities safe from floods. Call your Senators today: ask them to pass The Flood Insurance Modernization and Reform Act. At American Rivers we are constantly talking about how climate change will lead to more… Read more »

Preserving our Fish, Wildlife and Plants in an Uncertain Future

Mount Evans, CO | © Fay Augustyn Since I was a baby, I have spent summers in Colorado. Memories of playing in the rivers and hiking the mountain trails are some of my fondest. I continue to believe there is nothing more liberating than escaping the everyday grind of the city and heading into the… Read more »

America is Rivers

Spending some time enjoying the Chicago River! As a primary city dweller, I have found that it is far too easy to forget the amazing topography of the United States. Mountains, rivers, lakes, plains and forests merge together to become the America we know and love. While all of these features are vastly different, together… Read more »

How Much are Safe Drinking Water, Clean Rivers Worth?

Outdated stormwater infrastructure puts clean drinking water at risk. Congress must invest now to protect against sewage overflows. According to the most recent House Interior-EPA Appropriations bill, which sets funding levels for the Department of Interior, the EPA, and other related programs, safe drinking water and clean rivers aren’t worth very much. In the subcommittee’s… Read more »

Dam Removal Resource Center

Develop Your Dam Removal Skills American Rivers has created a series of resources designed to provide information about the different components of a dam removal project and help practitioners develop the skills and confidence necessary to undertake their own projects. Keep reading to learn which tools may be right for you. Our newest resource is… Read more »

Strategic Plan 2014-2018

Future Focus Download the full Strategic Plan 2014-2018 [PDF] » In order to carry out our mission and achieve our vision, American Rivers has developed this new Strategic Plan to make us a more focused and effective conservation organization. Over the next five years, our work will concentrate on protecting the rivers and basins in… Read more »

EPA misses another opportunity to reduce stormwater pollution

Every time it rains or winter snows melt, the water you see pooling up along streets and sidewalks carries bits of road salt, oil, gravel, and other pollution into local streams and rivers. With my colleagues here at American Rivers we’ve helped communities build green infrastructure projects that keep runoff out of our waters and… Read more »