Colorado’s River Economy

Rafting the Eagle and upper Colorado River Blue Trail | Brett Hockmuth Rivers are key economic drivers here in the United States. Not only do we rely on them for shipping channels, power, and agricultural irrigation, but we also rely on them significantly for recreation and the associated economic benefits that communities receive. River related… Read more »

Anglers Fund Conservation Update Part 4 – Southwest/Southeast

Welcome to Part 4 of the Anglers Fund conservation update, which summarizes our recent successes to protect and restore important fish habitat. The theme for this report is “healthy fish need healthy rivers”. We hope you’ll enjoy seeing how our work has a positive impact on fisheries. This week is the South! Previous posts: California,… Read more »

What’s Happening on America’s Most Endangered Rivers?

In April, American Rivers released our annual report on America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, drawing attention to significant threats facing our rivers. We have been working hard in recent months to encourage progress on these critical issues, and some highlights from that work are mentioned below. San Joaquin River drying up at San Mateo Road |… Read more »

Make Water Conservation the Priority in the Water Plan

Colorado residents: Water conservation in our state’s cities and towns is the best and most logical step for protecting our rivers — and the wildlife, residents, agriculture and industry that depend on them. Urge Governor Hickenlooper to prioritize urban water conservation as they draft the state’s water plan.

Out on the River – Work or Play?

Upper Colorado | Jamie Mierau During my first week as the Eagle River Blue Trail Coordinator with American Rivers I was fortunate to float with my colleagues on the upper Colorado River from Rancho Del Rio to the new boat ramp at Catamount Bridge.  Floating a stretch of the Upper Colorado for the first time… Read more »

Great Outdoors Colorado Listening Tour

Colorado River | Robbin Marks It’s hard to argue that Colorado is one of the most beautiful and naturally diverse states in the country. Whether you are drawn to towering mountain peaks, raging rivers, sublime desert vistas, or waving plains, you can satisfy your landscape desires in Colorado (okay, unless you need an ocean, then… Read more »

Conserving Working Farms and Rivers in Colorado

The Grand Valley in Colorado | NRCS Agriculture and working landscapes play an integral role in Colorado. Colorado agriculture contributes $ 41 billion to the state economy and employs 171,921 people. Working farms and ranches also substantially contribute to Colorado’s recreation economy through a growing agritourism industry. Agriculture also remains critical to the economy of… Read more »

5 Actions Needed to Save the Colorado River

Co-authored with Bart Miller, water program director for Western Resource Advocates, and originally published on the Arizona Republic Colorado River | Bureau of Land Management The majestic Colorado River cuts a 1,450-mile path through the American West before drying up well short of the sea — its natural finish line at the Gulf of California…. Read more »

Should We Allow Development in the Grand Canyon?

The Grand Canyon is under threat of an unprecedented level of development. Sign the petition to oppose these destructive projects. Our nation’s natural cathedral is under siege. Author Kevin Fedarko wrote in Sunday’s New York Times about two major development threats that would devastate the canyon’s wild nature and utterly unique visitor experience. In the story, Bob… Read more »