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 »

Colorado Water Plan – The Importance of a New Tension

There is nothing more important for Colorado’s future than water. Given that, few things are more critical than the current effort to create a statewide Colorado Water Plan. In 2013, Governor Hickenlooper instructed the Colorado Water Conservation Board to conduct a two-year long planning process to develop a codified approach for how to manage our… Read more »

Release the Rain Barrel!

Credit: Ipswich River Watershed Association Despite passing out of the Colorado House with bipartisan support, the popular legislation legalizing residential use of rain barrels in Colorado is currently being held hostage by Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee Chairman, Jerry Sonnenberg. With only days left in the Colorado legislative session, the fate of the… Read more »

A Silence on the Animas

I was standing along my local river the other day, under a blue sky with a gentle breeze slipping by. Soft sunlight from above reflected off the nearby cliffs and a muted silence surrounded my thoughts – rare for a beautiful Sunday morning in August. Normally there would be kayakers surfing the wave at Smelter,… Read more »

Experts available to comment on upcoming Colorado River Basin study

Washington, DC – Experts from American Rivers are available to comment on the upcoming release of a critical study by the Bureau of Reclamation examining water supply options in the Colorado River Basin.  The western water policy director of American Rivers, and the Colorado conservation director of American Rivers are both available for interviews about the study,… Read more »

The Last Wild River

Yampa River, CO at Dinosaur National Monument | Chris M. Morris A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to fly in a helicopter over the Yampa River, the last wild river in the Colorado River Basin courtesy of LightHawk; a fantastic organization that works with volunteer pilots to fly over priority conservation areas…. Read more »

Colorado River Basin Study Overview

Colorado River, AZ, CO, NV, UT faces low water levels at the Hoover Dam | vnvlain In December 2012, the Bureau of Reclamation released the Colorado River Basin Study, a comprehensive look at projected water shortages and outdated water management in a basin that the American west has drawn heavily on for decades. The study… Read more »

Announcing America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014!

#1 Most Endangered River is the San Joaquin, CA | © Sarah Craig The time has come! Today, American Rivers is announcing our report on America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014! And the Most Endangered River in the nation this year is: SAN JOAQUIN RIVER (California)! Outdated water management and excessive diversions, compounded by the… Read more »

We Are All in This Together

Gates of Lodore – Green River, CO | Matt Rice Where has the summer gone? I feel like I blinked in May and opened my eyes in October. Another summer with not nearly enough time spent on rivers (despite what my friends and family think, I am not on a river everyday) , uncompleted (or… Read more »

A Hidden Threat

Looking north towards Zoroaster Temple at Indian Gardens | Sinjin Eberle Nearly 5 million people a year, from across the country and around the world, are drawn to the amazing expanse and wild nature of the Grand Canyon. Whether by viewing the incomprehensible beauty from along the rims, descending into the depths of the canyon… Read more »