Today is a Day to Celebrate

Today is a day to celebrate. Simply put, Congress today passed the most comprehensive river protection and public lands bill in decades. The bill includes over 1,100 miles of 86 new Wild and Scenic Rivers in eight states and also designates over 2 million acres of new wilderness.  To give you a sense of scale,… Read more »

Northern Rockies Region

Northern Rockies Region Bull Trout, Big Horn Creek, MT | Joel Sartore &Wade Fredenberg, USFWS The Northern Rockies are home to some of the most pristine free-flowing rivers and native trout fisheries left in the lower 48 states, from the Crown of the Continent along the U.S.- Canadian border south to the Greater Yellowstone where the… Read more »

Map of US Dam Removals 1936-2014

Few things have such a fundamental impact on a river as a dam. Dams block a river’s flow and can harm clean water, fish and wildlife, and recreation opportunities. American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams. We have been creating a running inventory of all dam removal projects we… Read more »

Oil Spill Cleanups are a Myth

As someone who lived through the worst oil spill disaster in American history, I’m going to tell you an unpleasant truth – oil spill cleanups are a myth. Ice-covered Yellowstone River near Glendive, MT a week after the oil spill | Scott Bosse I was among the thousands of workers who were hired to clean up… Read more »

Mid-Year Update: America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2009

Washington, DC – Six months after American Rivers released America’s Most Endangered Rivers™: 2009 edition last April, thousands of Americans have taken action and critical decisions on many of the rivers are expected soon. Each year, the America’s Most Endangered Rivers report highlights the rivers facing the most uncertain futures. The report presents alternatives to… Read more »

North Fork Flathead River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington— Montana’s Wild and Scenic North Fork of the Flathead River may soon lose its unique wild character thanks to a mountaintop removal mine and a coal bed methane project just over the border in Canada  It’s no wonder the river landed in the number five spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers: 2009 edition. “Harmful… Read more »

Montana’s Governor Stands Up for Clean Water

Spring has finally sprung in Montana, which for ranchers means it’s time for one of the most cherished social events of the year – branding parties. Rancher-turned-Governor Brian Schweitzer put a new twist on the centuries old tradition when he held a branding party in front of the state capitol in Helena earlier this week—… Read more »

Watching Montana’s Clark Fork River Come Back to Life

The Clark Fork, flowing through Missoula, Montana, is no longer the same river that it was when I lived near its banks during graduate school. Back then paddlers, swimmers, and fishermen had to contend with long green plumes of “rock snot” that blanketed the river bottom and made for difficult, slippery wading in river sandals…. Read more »

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American Rivers Statement on HR 3492, The River Paddling Protection Act

American Rivers opposes H.R. 3492, the River Paddling Protection Act. This bill, as amended, would lift the National Park Service’s longstanding ban on paddling on most waters in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, effective three years from the date of enactment. The Park Service would have those three years to develop a new set of… Read more »