Staying Fit in the Great Outdoors

Innovative solutions like Blue Trails can help communities stay healthy and address nature-deficit disorder. I love summer – endless sunshine and spending most, if not all of my free time outside. There are new places to discover – backyards, parks, and rivers to name a few – that become my favorite summer spots. Exploring the… Read more »

Paddle Event Celebrates One of Arizona’s Last Free-Flowing Rivers

Paddling on the Verde River | VRVNO We recently partnered with the Verde River Valley Nature Organization (VRVNO) to host a paddle event on the Verde River at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Arizona. This annual event coincides with Verde River Day, which celebrates the Verde River and its role as an important natural,… Read more »

Latino communities embrace connections to Colorado River

American Rivers and the Hispanic Access Foundation are sparking a dialogue among tens of thousands of Latinos across the Colorado River basin, where one-third of the nation’s Latinos live and work, about the need for a healthy Colorado River. Starting on Earth Day, April 22, congregations from Denver to Los Angeles began screening a Spanish-language… Read more »

A Silence on the Animas

I was standing along my local river the other day, under a blue sky with a gentle breeze slipping by. Soft sunlight from above reflected off the nearby cliffs and a muted silence surrounded my thoughts – rare for a beautiful Sunday morning in August. Normally there would be kayakers surfing the wave at Smelter,… Read more »

San Saba River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named the San Saba River of Texas among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2013 today, shining a national spotlight on outdated water management that threatens river health as well as flows for ranchers and Austin’s chain of lakes. American Rivers and its partners are calling on the Texas Commission on Environmental… Read more »

American Rivers Names America’s Most Endangered Rivers(TM) of 2011

Washington, DC – With floodwaters swelling the Mississippi River to historic levels and rivers nationwide at risk from gas drilling, sewage pollution, and other threats, American Rivers today released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™. For the second year in a row, the most endangered river in the United States is a victim… Read more »

FRAC Act Re-introduced in Congress

The buzz over natural gas continued on Tuesday as the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act was re-introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.  “There is a growing discrepancy between the natural gas industry’s claim that nothing ever goes wrong and the drumbeat of investigations and personal tragedies which demonstrate a… Read more »

Swimming in Slime Underscores Need for Smart Clean Water Protections

Green slime covering up your local swimming hole?  Seems that Senator Inhofe (R-OK) found his own Grand Lake covered in algae. After swimming in the muck, the Senator became really sick. Blue-green algae are known to cause respiratory illness, skin irritation and diarrhea and tend to flourish in times of drought when water is warm… Read more »

Announcing America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2013

Colorado River through the Grand Canyon | © Amy Kober For thirty years, our America’s Most Endangered Rivers report has highlighted urgent threats to rivers and has spurred the public to take action. Through the report, we have helped sound the alarm on hundreds of rivers, saving them from threats like pollution and new dams…. Read more »

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