Planning for growth – do we respect or diminish Colorado’s rivers?

Upper Colorado | Ken Neubecker Governor Hickenlooper recently received the initial draft of the Colorado Water Plan.  This “plan” has been in the making since the drought year of 2002, and it’s not over yet.  Work on the Plan, including public input, will continue through the coming year, with the Final version due to the… Read more »

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wants to Protect Arctic Refuge Wild Rivers

Hulahula River, Alaska | © Judith Slein (flickr) This week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommended designating 278 miles of four major wild rivers in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, the Atigun, Marsh Fork of the Canning, the Kongakut and, the Hulahula, as Wild and Scenic Rivers.  The agency found six additional… Read more »

72 Dams removed in 2014

Download the 2014 Dam Removals list [PDF] Download a comprehensive list of dams removed 1998-2014 [PDF] Explore the interactive map of all dam removals (Washington) — Communities in 19 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 72 dams in 2014, restoring more than 730 miles of streams for the… Read more »

The Colorado River Initiative: Spencer’s Cabin

Credit – Toby Sprunk A float trip on the Upper Colorado is an amazing experience – whether you are an angler plying for hungry trout or a rafter out on a summer day with a group of friends, the stretch from State Bridge to Dotsero in central Colorado is an adventure you will never forget…. Read more »

American Rivers And Google Maps Launch Yampa River Street View

Washington, DC – Colorado’s Yampa River is the focus of a new Google Maps Street View project launched today in partnership with American Rivers. The imagery showcases the stunning scenery of the Yampa River through Dinosaur National Monument in Northwestern Colorado. The Yampa is one of the last wild rivers in the Colorado River Basin, and is an… Read more »

New Wild and Scenic Rivers protected by the President

Trout River, VT | John Little Last month President Obama signed into law the most significant river conservation bill in almost six years including protecting a slew of new Wild and Scenic Rivers. The legislation conserves 140 miles of new rivers along with 17,000 acres of important riverside land in Washington, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Vermont, and Oregon. The legislation also permanently protected watersheds… Read more »

Congress passes wild & scenic legislation

In a rare stroke of bi-partisanship the U.S. Senate today passed the most significant piece of legislation to protect new Wild and Scenic Rivers in over five years.  With the Senate passing legislation identical to a bill passed by the U.S House last week Congress can agree on something—river protections are good public policy when… Read more »

Saving the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon |Phil Roussin One of our country’s most iconic stretches of river and foremost natural treasures – the Colorado River’s Grand Canyon – is facing a battery of threats that could forever harm the river’s health and ruin the once-in-a-lifetime experience for people visiting the park. American Rivers is spearheading a national effort, along… Read more »

Colorado Water Plan – Don’t leave healthy ecosystems out to dry

Upper Colorado River, CO | Ken Neubecker On November 19th the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) reviewed and approved the draft Colorado Water Plan.  With that and a few “tweaks”, the 385-page document will be sent to the Governor’s office for his review by December 10.  This isn’t the end of the process though.  The… Read more »

Major river protection package advances in Congress

New protections for rivers in Colorado, Delaware, Montana, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Washington Washington – Seven rivers in five states are one step closer to permanent Wild and Scenic protection thanks to a package of bills that the House of Representatives approved today.  It is the first time in five years that the House has… Read more »