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 »

Happy as a Beaver in a Rainy Mountain Meadow

Beaver hard at work on Norden Lake near Bear Valley, CA | © George Lamson Despite the long, severe drought we are experiencing in California I believe there is always room for a little hope and optimism. Some of that came to us recently in the way of badly needed rain. For a couple days before the… Read more »

President Obama Tours Drought-Stricken California

The drought in California has left rivers and reservoirs dry. Putting water supplies at risk | © Stuart Rankin President Obama visited California to see firsthand how the state is suffering from the worst drought in decades and to announce federal assistance. Flying in on Air Force One, the President could see that despite recent… Read more »

Map of US Dam Removals 1936-2013

Few things have such a fundamental impact on a river as a dam. Dams block a river’s flow and can harm clean water, fish and wildlife, and recreation opportunities. American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams. We have been creating a running inventory of all dam removal projects we… Read more »

Rivers Work Best When They’re Wet

If passed, HR3189 will hurt fish and wildlife by leaving river beds dry | © dalioPhoto The water supply system in the Colorado River Basin is near its breaking point. Despite an above normal snowpack in the Rockies, climate change and prolonged drought have sapped the once-vigorous Colorado River, threatening the water supply for 36… Read more »

Rivers And Streams Of California Closed To Fishing As Drought Persists

With low flows in rivers and streams around California, reservoirs such as Folsom Reservoir on the American River, pictured here, are unlikely to be replenished soon | © Jacob Dyste As extreme drought conditions continue to persist across California, the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) has banned fishing in over 30 streams and… Read more »

Drought Bill Would Do More Harm Than Good Statement Of Bob Irvin, President Of American Rivers

Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington – The House of Representatives today will consider H.R. 3964, legislation that waives critical clean water and river safeguards in California, slashes endangered species protections, and unravels key river protection and restoration agreements such as the San Joaquin River Settlement Act. The president of American Rivers, Bob Irvin, made the… Read more »

The Flow of the New Year

"We go to the river’s edge for comfort, spiritual renewal, meditation, solitude; we go to the river to feel and know the continuance of life." – Henry David Thoreau