Colorado River Basin study is step toward 21st century water management

Washington, DC – A federal study released today looking at water supply options for the Colorado River Basin is a critical step toward bringing water management into the 21st century. American Rivers applauded the Obama Administration for its effort on the report, which recognizes that climate change is making the status quo management regime of… Read more »

Hopes Head Upstream for Water in Colorado River

WASHINGTON, DC — The Colorado River basin presents the greatest water management challenges of any river basin in the nation, with ever-expanding demands for multiple water uses, water demand exceeding supply, valued but fragile ecosystems, and support for nearly every type of water-relevant interest. The importance of instream flows – the amount of water flowing… Read more »

Economic Stimulus and Habitat Restoration

Unless you live under a rock, you have probably heard by now that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has been signed into law. What might not be quite as evident is that, tucked among its 407 pages, is funding for habitat restoration. This is funding that will be able to be used… Read more »

Smooth Driving on Green Streets

Today I’m attending the Green Streets Green Jobs forum in Silver Spring, MD. I’m speaking on a panel before lunch about partnerships and funding opportunities, where I’ll be focusing on opportunities for green funding through the EPA’s State Revolving Fund (SRF) program. For the past several years American Rivers has been working very hard to… Read more »

Communities Evaluate Wild and Scenic as Tool to Protect the Crystal River

Crystal River, CO | Delia Malone A couple of months ago communities along the Crystal River in Colorado gathered in Redstone, CO and Carbondale, CO to discuss the appropriateness of a Wild Scenic Designation to protect the river from new dam and trans-basin diversion projects.  Four panelists with experience working to designate Wild and Scenic… Read more »

The Dunn Party

This is a guest blog from Mike Mitchell. Mike Mitchell is a retired aerospace company executive who currently leads his own consulting firm. He is an active outdoorsman and lives with his family in Potomac, MD. Rafting on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon | © Mike Mitchell Crystal clear blue-sky overhead, arid desert… Read more »

Expanding Access to the Colorado River

The Horse Creek boat landing is just one of a handful of new public access points on the Colorado and Eagle Rivers| © Ken Neubecker The upper Colorado River from Gore Canyon and Pump House down to Rancho Del Rio and State Bridge is one of the most heavily used river recreation corridors in Colorado. Nearly… Read more »

River Champions – Reader Nominated

Richard Ingebretsen – Glen Canyon Institute  Richard Ingebresten has dedicated his life to restoring the Colorado River basin. Richard founded Glen Canyon Institute in 1996, with the help of legendary conservationist David Brower. He first visited Glen Canyon as a young boy scout and developed a great love for the canyons that would later be… Read more »

A Western Colorado perspective on “New Supply”

Today’s guest blog about the #2 Upper Colorado River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Jim Pokrandt, Chair of the Colorado Basin Roundtable. To facilitate discussions on water management issues and encourage locally driven collaborative solutions, nine basin roundtables were established by the Colorado Water for the 21st Century Act. These… Read more »