Rivers Divide Us?

At American Rivers, our slogan is Rivers Connect Us, to one another and to nature. But recently, as I paddled with a small group of friends in canoes 80 miles down the Rio Grande through Big Bend National Park, where the river forms the border between the United States and Mexico, I reflected on how… Read more »

What’s At Stake if Congress Blocks the Clean Water Rule

“In the West, when you touch water, you touch everything” -Wayne Aspinall You could also add that in the west, water touches everything. The forested Yuba River watershed in the Sierra Nevada | Gary Reedy Water is the single most important facet for life in the arid west. Water is essential for agriculture, modern cities… 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 »

Colorado River

The Hardest Working River The Colorado River is a lifeline in the desert, its water sustaining tens of millions of people in seven states, as well as endangered fish and wildlife. Not only does the Colorado River provide drinking water to thirty-six million people and irrigate nearly four million acres of land, it also is… Read more »

Upper Colorado River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014: Upper Colorado River Colorado Threat: Water diversions At Risk: River health and recreation Blue River, tributary of the Upper Colorado River, CO | © Spencer Blake The Upper Colorado River and its tributaries include some of the most heavily degraded rivers and some of the last truly healthy rivers… Read more »

New Mexico Moves to Divert the Gila River

Tell the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission that water diversion projects are too costly for the environment and for taxpayers. Say NO to dams on the Gila River. Recently, I traveled to southwestern New Mexico to tour the area around one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014, the Gila. I saw lush valleys with… Read more »