A River Bill More Popular Than Beer

North Fork Flathead River, MT | © Scott Bosse It’s a rare event these days when the two major political parties in Congress can lay down their swords and agree on anything. For the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a pro-conservation bill by unanimous consent is almost unimaginable. Yet that’s exactly what happened earlier… Read more »

Smith River, Montana

America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2015 4. Smith River Location: Montana The Smith River is threatened by a massive proposed copper mine that would have a significant potential to degrade the Smith’s water quality and harm its nationally-renowned wild trout fishery. Credit: Pat Clayton, Fish Eye Guy Photography The Smith River is threatened by a… Read more »

Poll shows southeast Idahoans prefer less costly alternatives

IDAHO FALLS – A new poll commissioned by the nation’s leading river conservation organization shows that residents of southeast Idaho prefer cheaper and less environmentally damaging water supply alternatives to rebuilding Teton Dam by a better than 2-to-1 margin.  The poll found residents of southeast Idaho prefer making improvements in water efficiency to rebuilding Teton… Read more »

A Love For The Hoback

Today’s guest blog for our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series is a story of love for the Hoback River from Dan Smitherman, with Citizens for the Wyoming Range: Take Action to Protect theHoback River Send a letter to Plains Exploration and Production today asking them to donate or sell their gas leases to a conservation… Read more »

National River Cleanup® Year in Review: 5 Ws of 2011

Last year American Rivers celebrated the 20th Anniversary of National River Cleanup.  The 5 Ws below highlight the remarkable achievements of 2011:   Who: 85,000 cleanup organizers, volunteers, employees, students and fellow river-lovers all over the country teamed up to restore waterways. What: Collected over 3 million pounds of trash from 37,500 river miles.  That is… Read more »

Fracking’ threatens wild and scenic Hoback River

March 30, 2009 was a glorious day for Wyoming river advocates.  That’s the day President Obama signed into law a massive public lands bill that granted federal Wild and Scenic designation to 13 rivers and 400 river miles in Wyoming’s Snake River watershed. Among those rivers is the Hoback, a favorite of local anglers and paddlers… Read more »

Middle Fork Clearwater & Lochsa Rivers

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014: Middle Fork Clearwater & Lochsa Rivers Idaho Threat: Industrialization of a Wild and Scenic River corridor At risk: Scenery, solitude, world-class recreational values Clearwater River, ID | © AlbertaScrambler The Middle Fork Clearwater River and one of its main tributaries, the Lochsa River, were among America’s first rivers to… Read more »

River Guardians Spring Conservation Update: Part 1 – National Successes

Welcome to Part 1 of the River Guardians Spring Conservation Update, which highlights some of American Rivers’ most recent national successes. Whether we’re removing dams, cleaning up trash, or advocating for legislation, all our work helps to revitalize rivers for both people and wildlife. Please enjoy! About the River Guardians River Guardians are among American… Read more »

The most anti-environmental piece of legislation in history

Just after 4:30 a.m. this past Saturday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed arguably the most anti-environmental piece of legislation in history.  H.R. 1, which would fund the government through the rest of federal Fiscal Year 2011, eviscerates programs that protect our drinking water, clean up polluted rivers, and safeguard land and wildlife for future generations…. Read more »