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 »

A Wild and Scenic Legacy on Montana’s Middle Fork Flathead

Middle Fork Flathead River In the late 1950’s, the Army Corps of Engineers proposed building a dam at Spruce Park on Montana’s Middle Fork of the Flathead River – home to stunning scenery, pristine waters and wildlife including grizzlies and wolves. Two brothers, Frank and John Craighead, were involved with the fight against the dam… 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 »

An Issue Of Diligence

Today’s guest blog for our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series is from John Ely, an attorney working for Pitkin County, Colorado: Take Action to Protect theCrystal River Protect the Crystal River from the harmful West Divide Dam Project! In 1958, the Colorado River District received a decree for water rights for a project known as… Read more »

New Report: Investments in Clean Water Could Create Millions of Jobs

American Rivers has partnered with Green for All and the Economic Policy Institute to compose the report “Water Works: Rebuilding Infrastructure, Creating Jobs and Greening the Environment”. The results of the research that was put into the report show that investments in our water infrastructure would yield 1.9 million American jobs and add $265 billion… Read more »

Groups Seal Deal to Protect Transboundary Flathead River

North Fork of the Flathead River, MT | Scott Bosse The decades long battle over whether to develop the mineral wealth underlying one of North America’s most wildlife-rich river corridors is finally over. Last week, The Nature Conservancy of Montana and the Nature Conservancy of Canada announced they had raised the $10 million needed to… Read more »