And the Oscar goes to…the effort to remove Matilija Dam!

Imagine my surprise watching the Oscars last night when, during a break from the glitz and the gowns, there was Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, in a commercial talking about dam removal! The ad was for the Members Project, a social action campaign by American Express. The 200 foot tall dam featured in the ad… Read more »

National Flood Awareness Week — An Opportunity to Communicate Flood Risk

This week is National Flood Awareness Week, so when I heard that NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams would be broadcasting a “Fleecing of America” story on FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Policy (NFIP), I eagerly tuned in. I was hoping to finally see the mainstream media dive into the complex issue of flood insurance. Perhaps… Read more »

The EPA deflates Proposed Development Plan on Newhall Ranch

On August 6th, Region 9 of the Environmental Protection Agency criticized the Army Corp of Engineers’ Final Environmental Impact Statement for the massive Newhall Ranch development along the Santa Clara River in Los Angeles County.  American Rivers listed the Santa Clara in our 2005 America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ (PDF) report as a result of the threats posed… Read more »

No Time for Superglue

Colorado River, AZ, CA, CO, UT | Dennis R. An article in the New York Times the other day really got me thinking. As winter is approaching many western states in the United States, are prepping for their traditional epic mountain snow season, which is not only the basis for their winter tourism, but is… Read more »

Announcing America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2013

Colorado River through the Grand Canyon | © Amy Kober For thirty years, our America’s Most Endangered Rivers report has highlighted urgent threats to rivers and has spurred the public to take action. Through the report, we have helped sound the alarm on hundreds of rivers, saving them from threats like pollution and new dams…. Read more »

Eel River, CA

Benbow Dam sits on the Wild and Scenic South Fork of the Eel River in Humboldt County, CA. It is a 15 foot tall flashboard dam that seasonally blocks passage for salmon species.  Historically salmon utilized the Eel River and South Fork of the Eel River. Currently, salmon can only access the South Fork when… Read more »

River Restoration In Oakley, CA Engages Community

Click to enlargeThe restoration of Marsh Creek | Jason Kabalin, Rich Walkling, Sarah Puckett Like too many creeks across the country, Marsh Creek was “improved” by the Soil Conservation Service in the early 1960’s. Until recently, the lower six miles was a treeless, trapezoidal flood control channel fenced off from surrounding properties. American Rivers’ partners,… Read more »

Snail Darter Politics

Little Tennessee River | © USFWS, Southeast As California is enduring the worst drought in its history, some politicians are blaming it all on federal and state environmental laws that protect fish and wildlife and the rivers they depend on for survival. And, as predictably as water flows downstream, these politicians are looking for oddly-named… 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 »