A Victory for the Crystal River!

Your support helped protect the Crystal River, CO. Now we need your help on the Colorado River. Take Action to support the #1 America’s Most Endangered River! 2013 has been a big year for the Crystal River in Colorado. After nearly 5 decades, a proposal to construct two large dams on the main-stem Crystal River and… Read more »

A Western Colorado perspective on “New Supply”

Today’s guest blog about the #2 Upper Colorado River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Jim Pokrandt, Chair of the Colorado Basin Roundtable. To facilitate discussions on water management issues and encourage locally driven collaborative solutions, nine basin roundtables were established by the Colorado Water for the 21st Century Act. These… Read more »

Get Wild and Scenic in California

South Yuba River, whose protection inspired SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival | Leslie Elias Mid-January is one of my favorite times of year in Nevada City, which is home to American Rivers’ main California regional office. It’s the time of year when, thanks to the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, our little mountain town… 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 »

Lake Powell on the Colorado River

Lake Powell Expedition for Canoe & Kayak magazine In December 2015, American Rivers along with writers Brendan Leonard and Hilary Oliver, photographer Forest Woodward, and professional skier Kalen Thorien traversed 87 miles across Lake Powell, fully unsupported in sea kayaks. The trip spanned 9 days, and was an exploration of what author Kevin Fedarko calls… Read more »

American Rivers opens Colorado office to protect and restore state’s rivers

(Denver) – American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, today announced it is opening a new office in Denver to protect and restore the state’s rivers and the many benefits they provide to people and wildlife.  “From the Arkansas to the Platte to the Colorado, our state is blessed with world-class rivers,” said Matt… Read more »

A Paddler’s Perspective on Protecting the Colorado River

Today’s guest blog about the #1 Colorado River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from George Wendt, Founder and President of O.A.R.S. and a member of  Protect The Flows.  Protect The Flows is a network of over 800 businesses who own and operate businesses in communities along the Colorado River. Take… Read more »

Seeds of Progress Sown in the Midst of Drought.

© Brett Walton, Circle of Blue Ask Congress to support robust funding of critical programs that address water supply sustainability in the Colorado River Basin and across the West. Flying into New Mexico a couple of weeks ago, one could have easily been fooled into a false sense that the permanent drought afflicting the Southwestern… Read more »

Epic Streamflows In Western Colorado – Is It Sustainable?

Morrows Point dam is spilling at over 9,000 cfs! | Joel Evans This year’s spring runoff in Western Colorado is bordering on epic! With the Shoshone Reach on the Colorado near Glenwood Springs running at over 16,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) and the three Aspinall Unit dams (Blue Mesa, Morrow Point, and Crystal) spilling… Read more »

Planning for growth – respect or diminish Colorado’s rivers?

Upper Colorado | Ken Neubecker Governor Hickenlooper recently received the initial draft of the Colorado Water Plan.  This “plan” has been in the making since the drought year of 2002, and it’s not over yet.  Work on the Plan, including public input, will continue through the coming year, with the Final version due to the… Read more »