American Rivers opens Colorado office to protect and restore state’s rivers

(Denver) – American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, today announced it is opening a new office in Denver to protect and restore the state’s rivers and the many benefits they provide to people and wildlife.  “From the Arkansas to the Platte to the Colorado, our state is blessed with world-class rivers,” said Matt… Read more »

Is radioactive water making you glow, or are you just happy to see me?

While Gasland was busy making a run for an Oscar this weekend, the New York Times published a front page article on the dangers of hydrofracking.  A radioactive exposé, if you will.  In an effort to lay the electric green glowing data out on the table, Times journalist Ian Urbina discussed his illuminating natural gas journey over the… Read more »

Tell Your Senators: Don’t Cut Conservation Programs

Take Action to Support Clean Water Take a moment right now to urge your Senators to reject cuts to hard-won conservation programs Your call today will come at a very important time when the Senate is back in session. A quick phone call to your Senator is even more powerful than a letter. Here’s what… Read more »

Plumbing the Colorado River

Great poster from HCN publisher, Ed Marston, depicting how the Colorado River basin’s rivers drain into various reservoirs and, from there, into water management systems. Click to enlarge | © HCN For almost 30 years, the Colorado River Basin Plumbing graphic has been a favorite of HCN readers, educators, resource professionals and the like. It was… Read more »

Verde River

Verde River, AZ | © Doug Von Gausig American Rivers is working with local partners to preserve the Verde and connect local communities to the river through recreation, such as fishing, boating, and wildlife watching. Our goal is to raise awareness about the river and the benefits it provides, build support within the community for… Read more »

Seeds of Progress Sown in the Midst of Drought.

© Brett Walton, Circle of Blue Ask Congress to support robust funding of critical programs that address water supply sustainability in the Colorado River Basin and across the West. Flying into New Mexico a couple of weeks ago, one could have easily been fooled into a false sense that the permanent drought afflicting the Southwestern… Read more »

When It Comes to Protecting Rivers, Who Do you Trust?

Tell Congress to vote NO on the bill that would put the interests of resort developers and frackers above your right to enjoy the river. Take Action » Today, the House will vote on H.R. 3189, the so-called “Water Rights Protection Act.” The bill would dry up stretches of rivers and harm river restoration efforts… Read more »

Epic Streamflows In Western Colorado – Is It Sustainable?

Morrows Point dam is spilling at over 9,000 cfs! | Joel Evans This year’s spring runoff in Western Colorado is bordering on epic! With the Shoshone Reach on the Colorado near Glenwood Springs running at over 16,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) and the three Aspinall Unit dams (Blue Mesa, Morrow Point, and Crystal) spilling… Read more »

The Yampa as a Model for What’s Possible

There are simply not that many wild rivers in the Colorado River Basin. By wild I mean rivers that are not controlled or diverted to other basins – rivers that fill with torrents of raging muddy brown water during spring floods providing nourishment to valleys below – rivers that provide a varied, unique and unparalleled… 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 »