62 Years

The last time Ken Brower traveled down the Yampa River in Northwest Colorado was with his father, David Brower, in 1952. This was the year his father became the first executive director of the Sierra Club and joined the fight against a pair of proposed dams on the Green River in Northwest Colorado. The dams—a… Read more »

Rivers of Colorado

Upper Colorado River | Credit: Ken Neubecker Many people associate the Colorado River with images of magnificent canyons, giant reservoirs, and terrifying rapids.  For me, I  think of a small trout rising to eat a Royal Wulff fly on a creek not much wider than my office.  I grew up fishing on the headwaters of… 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 »

“River Killer” Bill Passes the House

Originally published on Telluride Inside…And Out Natural Resources Committee moved a bill forward that would effectively kill Colorado’s rivers. Take action to stop this terrible bill Today, under the leadership of Doc Hastings (R-WA) and Tom McClintock (R-CA) in the House Natural Resources Committee, high-profile legislators with anti-environment track records and agendas voted almost strictly… Read more »

Groundwater Loss: The Colorado River’s Unseen Threat

Colorado River, S. Kaibab Trail | Bailey Kennett I’ll never forget my first encounter with the Colorado River: I was hiking down the South Kaibab Trail of the Grand Canyon, amazed at how the setting sun colored the canyon walls, when suddenly the River came into view and the panorama changed entirely.  In that moment… Read more »

5 Reasons We Need to Fight for the Grand Canyon…Again

Millions of Americans, and citizens from around the globe, recognize the Grand Canyon as one of the most iconic landscapes on the planet. Hundreds of millions of people have gazed into its depths, mouths agape, wondering how a place as stunning and spectacular as this could even exist, not to mention how it was created…. Read more »

Conservation on the Colorado River

Today’s post is a guest blog by Julia Hart. Julia is a recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in Environmental Science. She has conducted aquatic research on the lakes of the Northwoods in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and in ponds on the Copper River Delta in Cordova, Alaska. She… Read more »

Taking a LEAN approach with the Colorado Water Plan

I recently spent three days as part of a Lean Event in Denver, focusing on ways to “streamline” the water project approval process. The Colorado Water Plan calls for streamlining the approval process through Lean in Chapter 9.4. American Rivers and Western Resource Advocates were the two representatives for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) in attendance. When… Read more »

Sunset Magazine Feature on Western Rivers

The March 2008 issue of Sunset Magazine includes a story on the West’s rivers, featuring yours truly, and water experts from around the region. It started back in the fall with a western water roundtable at Sunset’s office in California. They recorded the lively conversation and the magazine includes exerpts. The magazine also featured three… Read more »

Climate Change Threatens the Great Outdoors

Paddling on the Verde River Blue Trail, AZ | Doug Von Gausig Summertime. The perfect time to be outside, enjoying endless rays of sunshine, running barefoot, splashing in cool water and drinking lemonade. I often picture, as I sit in my cubicle, the adventures I could set off on – hiking deep into the woods,… Read more »