American Rivers Announces America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2013

Washington, D.C. — American Rivers today announced its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, naming the Colorado River the Most Endangered River in the country.  The Colorado River is endangered by outdated water management that is inadequate to respond to the pressures of over-allocation and persistent drought. American Rivers is calling on Congress to… Read more »

Glimpses of the Colorado River

Colorado River, AZ, NV in 1871 | Timothy O’Sullivan/Library of Congress It is said that each journey begins with one step and that a flood begins with a trickle of water. Over the past couple of weeks the Colorado River may have taken two small, but not insignificant steps, towards becoming something like the mighty… 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 »

Latino communities embrace connections to Colorado River

American Rivers and the Hispanic Access Foundation are sparking a dialogue among tens of thousands of Latinos across the Colorado River basin, where one-third of the nation’s Latinos live and work, about the need for a healthy Colorado River. Starting on Earth Day, April 22, congregations from Denver to Los Angeles began screening a Spanish-language… Read more »

Colorado River Study: Will There Be Enough Water To Support The Demand?

Colorado River Delta | Peter McBride Will there be enough? “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.“ – W.H. Auden Yesterday, The Bureau of Reclamation issued its Final Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study. Authorized by Congress through the Secure Water Act of 2009 and jointly funded and prepared by the… Read more »

Securing Future Water For The Colorado River Requires Action Now

Both Lake Powell and Lake Mead reservoirs are less than 50% full | © Wikipedia A recent piece in the New York Times “Colorado River Drought Forces a Painful Reckoning for States” (January 6) paints a dire picture of water scarcity in the Colorado basin, a crisis of supply and demand on an almost continental… Read more »

Voices for the Grand Canyon

This is a guest post by Neil Wagner, a relief pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays. The English novelist J.B. Priestly said of the Grand Canyon that “there is of course, no sense at all in trying to describe the Grand Canyon. Those who have not seen it will not believe any possible description. Those… Read more »

President Obama Signs Historic Wild and Scenic River Bill into Law

Washington, DC – American Rivers applauded President Barack Obama today for signing into the law the second largest Wild and Scenic Rivers package in history. The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 designates 86 new Wild and Scenic Rivers, totaling over 1,100 miles in Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Wyoming, Utah, California, and Massachusetts. The legislation… Read more »