The Important Places That Bring Me to Tears

My father and stepmom were river rats, and from a very early age, they introduced me to the mighty rivers of the Southwest. My Dad, brother, and I on the San Juan – 1980 Many summers we would have more than one trip down the San Juan, and as I got a bit older, I… Read more »

Progress on the Gila River, One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2008

Washington, DC — Eight months after American Rivers named the Gila River one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ for 2008, momentum is growing for smarter, cost-effective water management solutions for the Gila River, rather than a costly and destructive water diversion scheme. Unfortunately, the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) continues to promote a large-scale… Read more »

Upper Colorado River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC — New water diversion projects could sap the life from the Upper Colorado, threatening prized trout fisheries, boating, and the long-term sustainable water supply for the region. This threat landed the Upper Colorado in the number six spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers™: 2010 edition, produced by American Rivers. “The key to a reliable… Read more »

Part 2: Keeping the Verde River Healthy

American Rivers and a diverse group of local partners are developing a Blue Trail on the Verde River in Arizona. Guest blogger, Doug Von Gausig, Mayor of Clarkdale, Arizona, introduces the Verde River and our work to preserve and connect local communities to it through recreation in a three part blog series. Verde River Blue… Read more »

Verde River Blue Trail Kick-Off

Earlier this month I made my first trip to the Verde River in Arizona. Thanks to the generous support of the Walton Family Foundation, American Rivers is helping communities along the Verde to develop a Blue Trail, the water equivalent to a hiking trail. We held our first meeting with the City of Clarkdale, The… Read more »

The Story of the San Saba River

Today’s guest blog about the #3 San Saba River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is a historical perspective from Bob Davee, a local long-term resident, rancher, and farmer in the San Saba River Basin.  Bob was born and raised in McCulloch County, where his family has lived since his Great Grandpa… Read more »

Securing Future Water For The Colorado River Requires Action Now

Both Lake Powell and Lake Mead reservoirs are less than 50% full | © Wikipedia A recent piece in the New York Times “Colorado River Drought Forces a Painful Reckoning for States” (January 6) paints a dire picture of water scarcity in the Colorado basin, a crisis of supply and demand on an almost continental… Read more »

White River, Colorado

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014: White River, Colorado Colorado Threat: Oil and gas development At Risk: Fish and wildlife habitat and drinking water supplies White River, CO | © DaylilyFan The White River is one of Colorado’s hidden gems, home to abundant fish and wildlife, and providing excellent fishing, boating, and other recreational opportunities…. Read more »

Should We Allow Development in the Grand Canyon?

The Grand Canyon is under threat of an unprecedented level of development. Sign the petition to oppose these destructive projects. Our nation’s natural cathedral is under siege. Author Kevin Fedarko wrote in Sunday’s New York Times about two major development threats that would devastate the canyon’s wild nature and utterly unique visitor experience. In the story, Bob… Read more »

A Tribute to Martin Litton, River Hero

Martin Litton | John Blaustein A hero for wild rivers passed away Sunday. One of the original river guides in the Grand Canyon, Martin Litton, 97, was a passionate advocate for wild places and was at the center of some of our country’s biggest river conservation victories. He helped stop the construction of new dams… Read more »