Rivers Work Best When They’re Wet

If passed, HR3189 will hurt fish and wildlife by leaving river beds dry | © dalioPhoto The water supply system in the Colorado River Basin is near its breaking point. Despite an above normal snowpack in the Rockies, climate change and prolonged drought have sapped the once-vigorous Colorado River, threatening the water supply for 36… Read more »

Out on the River – Work or Play?

Upper Colorado | Jamie Mierau During my first week as the Eagle River Blue Trail Coordinator with American Rivers I was fortunate to float with my colleagues on the upper Colorado River from Rancho Del Rio to the new boat ramp at Catamount Bridge.  Floating a stretch of the Upper Colorado for the first time… Read more »

Protecting Our Grand Canyon

Guest post by Roger Clark  Being named America’s Most Endangered River is a dubious honor. First place in rivers under siege is the last place we want the mighty waters that cut Grand Canyon to be. So when American Rivers asked Grand Canyon Trust to be its local partner in designating Grand Canyon’s reach of… Read more »

I Am Red – The Colorado 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. However, demand on the river’s water now exceeds its supply, leaving the river so over-tapped that it no longer flows to the sea. (Video by Pete McBride. Flights… Read more »

Drowned Towns: What Lies Beneath the Reservoirs?

This is a guest blog from our intern Johannes Dreisbach. Hoover Dam, AR, NV | USBR Halloween is just a day away.  In a matter of hours, goblins and ghouls will be running amok in city streets and monsters will be haunting television screens.  With all of the spooky activities that will soon be taking… Read more »

The Dunn Party

This is a guest blog from Mike Mitchell. Mike Mitchell is a retired aerospace company executive who currently leads his own consulting firm. He is an active outdoorsman and lives with his family in Potomac, MD. Rafting on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon | © Mike Mitchell Crystal clear blue-sky overhead, arid desert… Read more »

What’s Happening on America’s Most Endangered Rivers?

In April, American Rivers released our annual report on America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, drawing attention to significant threats facing our rivers. We have been working hard in recent months to encourage progress on these critical issues, and some highlights from that work are mentioned below. San Joaquin River drying up at San Mateo Road |… Read more »

Colorado River in the Grand Canyon

America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2015 1. Colorado River in the Grand Canyon Location: Colorado The Grand Canyon, an irreplaceable national treasure, is under threat from a massive construction project, mining pollution, and groundwater depletion. Map created by Jeremy Collins (click to enlarge) Millions of Americans recognize the Grand Canyon as one of the most iconic… 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