Climate change causing many rivers worldwide to shrink

(Washington, DC) Many of the world’s rivers are losing water and in many cases, climate change is to blame, according to the findings of a new global study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The results, to be published May 15 in the American Meteorological Society’s Journal of Climate, also reveal that future food… Read more »

Announcing the 2010 National River Cleanup Photo Contest Winner

American Rivers would like to congratulate the Earth Club from Calallen High School who hosted a National River Cleanup™ on the Nueces River near Corpus Christi, Texas in early April this year.  Their group photo won the photo contest with 473 votes! Linda Mix was the Cleanup Organizer and photographer. Her group successfully removed about 600… Read more »

Plastic Is Everywhere!

Plastic is an amazing human invention that has changed every facet of life as we know it. Most of us use it everyday, just for a few minutes, and then throw it away. In certain forms, plastic can be recycled into new products like clothing, furniture, and decking. However, much of it created is not recycled or recyclable…. Read more »

Part 1: Welcome to Central Arizona’s Oasis – The Verde River

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 »

Healthy Rivers Make Colorado Healthy

Enjoying the Colorado River |  Pete McBride Gov. John Hickenlooper has launched a state rebranding initiative, Making Colorado, to stimulate the state’s economy, streamline statewide programs, and reintroduce the state to the rest of the world. Through April 30, the initiative is seeking state residents’ input on what it is that makes Colorado, Colorado. For many,… Read more »

Aspen and Hydropower: What the Men’s Journal Story Leaves Out

Aspen could be a real leader in environmental sustainability, but not until its leaders embrace the restoration and protection of water resources. A consistent refrain in Nathaniel Rich’s recent article in Men’s Journal entitled “Aspen and the End of Snow” is the concept that Aspen and only Aspen can lead the world in stopping climate… Read more »

Making the Link: Conservation, Recreation and our Economy – Part Two

Eagle River, CO at Duck Pond | © Fay Augustyn Last week I blogged about the connection between the economy, recreation and open space here in the western United States. Protecting open space is beneficial for both residents and tourists alike, and in turn is good for local economies. According to the Colorado Division of… Read more »

Great Outdoors Colorado Listening Tour

Colorado River | Robbin Marks It’s hard to argue that Colorado is one of the most beautiful and naturally diverse states in the country. Whether you are drawn to towering mountain peaks, raging rivers, sublime desert vistas, or waving plains, you can satisfy your landscape desires in Colorado (okay, unless you need an ocean, then… Read more »

Saving the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon |Phil Roussin One of our country’s most iconic stretches of river and foremost natural treasures – the Colorado River’s Grand Canyon – is facing a battery of threats that could forever harm the river’s health and ruin the once-in-a-lifetime experience for people visiting the park. American Rivers is spearheading a national effort, along… Read more »

Dispatch from a shrinking reservoir

Sweat is draining down from under my sun hat, drenching my shirt – and I’m not even working! Simply bobbing along in my bright orange sea kayak, out on a massive, man-made reservoir in the middle of June is enough to wick the hydration straight out of my cells. I had come west from the… Read more »