Sand Mining for Fracking in Texas

On our 2011 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™, we highlighted many types of mining, from uranium to copper and gold to coal. It is no secret that extractive industries tend to be hard on the environment.  When we listed our #1 Most Endangered River this year, the Susquehanna River, for natural gas development, we… Read more »

Glimpses of the Colorado River

Colorado River, AZ, NV in 1871 | Timothy O’Sullivan/Library of Congress It is said that each journey begins with one step and that a flood begins with a trickle of water. Over the past couple of weeks the Colorado River may have taken two small, but not insignificant steps, towards becoming something like the mighty… Read more »

Floating the Wild Yampa

Entering Yampa Canyon, CO | © Amy Kober Not many Americans outside the river or boating world are familiar with the Yampa River in Northwest Colorado. But this river is worth getting to know – as the last wild river in the Colorado River Basin, it’s a regional and a national treasure. I just spent… Read more »

River Champions – Reader Nominated

Beth Bardwell – Audubon New Mexico © Michael Lundgren Beth Bardwell has been working to conserve freshwater and rivers within New Mexico and the Rio Grande basin through on-the-ground restoration and water policy reform at the local, state and federal level. She has helped launch Audubon’s national effort called the Western Rivers Action Network, on-the-ground… Read more »

Colorado’s White River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014

www.americanrivers.org/WhiteRiverCO Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named Colorado’s White River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014 today, shining a national spotlight on the threat oil and gas development poses to fish and wildlife habitat, clean water, and recreation opportunities. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save rivers that are… Read more »

Planning for growth – respect or diminish Colorado’s rivers?

Upper Colorado | Ken Neubecker Governor Hickenlooper recently received the initial draft of the Colorado Water Plan.  This “plan” has been in the making since the drought year of 2002, and it’s not over yet.  Work on the Plan, including public input, will continue through the coming year, with the Final version due to the… Read more »

Leave It As It Is

The Grand Canyon is one of the most iconic landscapes on the planet. But this natural masterpiece of the Colorado River faces a battery of threats. Unless the Department of the Interior acts to stop these threats, one of our nation’s greatest natural treasures will be scarred forever. Help protect it: http://www.americanrivers.org/grandcanyon

Experts available to comment on upcoming Colorado River Basin study

Washington, DC – Experts from American Rivers are available to comment on the upcoming release of a critical study by the Bureau of Reclamation examining water supply options in the Colorado River Basin.  The western water policy director of American Rivers, and the Colorado conservation director of American Rivers are both available for interviews about the study,… Read more »