American Rivers Responds to the Gulf Oil Spill Tragedy

Washington, DC – American Rivers President Rebecca Wodder today released the following statement about the Gulf Coast oil spill disaster: “This is an environmental and economic disaster of unprecedented scale. The impacts to the Gulf’s communities and its wetlands and estuaries, which are vitally important for fisheries and clean water, will be enormous and long-lasting…. Read more »

Hearing to Protect Birmingham’s Drinking Water

Proposed coal mine along the Black Warrior River, AL | © Nelson Brooke In April, American Rivers named the Black Warrior River one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® due to the threat of coal mining. A hearing on a proposal to declare a Black Warrior tributary as unsuitable for mining is coming up in July,… Read more »

Hometown Rivers Caught on Film

In the stunningly-shot, award-winning documentary film Who Owns Water, brothers Michael and David Hanson return to the source of their childhood river and paddle it to the Gulf of Mexico to take you deep into the Water Wars. Recently I finally had a chance to see a new movie I’d been looking forward to catching…. Read more »

A 21st Century Flood Management Strategy for the Southeast

(Washington, DC) –  American Rivers voiced support today for efforts to help communities across Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi recover from recent floods and released a four point plan to prevent dangerous and damaging floods in the future. In Tennessee, after heavy rains dumped over 13 inches on May 1 and 2, Cumberland and Tennessee River… Read more »

Black Warrior River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2013: Black Warrior River Alabama River Update: 9/29/2014: Opposition Mounting to Coal Mine on Black Warrior River At Risk: Drinking water quality and fish and wildlife habitat Threat: Coal mining Black Warrior River, AL | Nelson Brooke Tell the University of Alabama, the major owner of land and mineral rights… Read more »

Opposition Mounting to Coal Mine on Black Warrior River

The Black Warrior River — listed as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® in 2013 and 2011— is the subject of our guest blog today from Charles Scribner, Executive Director of the Black Warrior Riverkeeper. The Black Warrior Riverkeeper is a citizen-based nonprofit organization dedicated to improving water quality, habitat, recreation, and public health throughout… Read more »

Protect Birmingham’™s Drinking Water from Coal Mine Pollution

The Black Warrior River is a valuable resource for drinking water, recreation, fishing, and rare fish and wildlife. However, the river’s Mulberry Fork is threatened by the Shepherd Bend Mine, which would discharge polluted wastewater only 800 feet from a major drinking water intake. To mine the proposed area leases must be obtained leases from… Read more »

Natural Defenses: Safeguarding Communities from Floods

Increasing Flood Risk in a Changing Climate The impacts of our changing climate are becoming more apparent every day. In the first decade of the new millennium, extreme rainfall events, combined with changes in land use, have resulted in an increase in flood events and in an increase in annual flood losses from $6 billion… Read more »