Protecting the Wild Yampa River

The Yampa River in northwest Colorado is the last major free-flowing river in the Colorado River Basin. Carving through beautiful canyons and rich with history, the Yampa joins the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument. Because of its wild nature, the Yampa and its canyons provide refuge for endangered species and offer unparalleled recreational opportunities…. 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 »

Best Rivers in the Fall: NW – CA – SW

Today’s post is a guest blog by Taylor Cox. Taylor is a communications intern at American Rivers this fall. She is majoring in Communication, Law, Economics, and Government (CLEG) with a minor in Environmental Science at American University. It’s Autumn, which has American Rivers staff thinking of their favorite rivers to see the season’s colors…. Read more »

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 »