An Issue Of Diligence

Today’s guest blog for our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series is from John Ely, an attorney working for Pitkin County, Colorado: Take Action to Protect theCrystal River Protect the Crystal River from the harmful West Divide Dam Project! In 1958, the Colorado River District received a decree for water rights for a project known as… Read more »

Rivers of Colorado

Upper Colorado River | Credit: Ken Neubecker Many people associate the Colorado River with images of magnificent canyons, giant reservoirs, and terrifying rapids.  For me, I  think of a small trout rising to eat a Royal Wulff fly on a creek not much wider than my office.  I grew up fishing on the headwaters of… Read more »

A Paddler’s Perspective on Protecting the Colorado River

Today’s guest blog about the #1 Colorado River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from George Wendt, Founder and President of O.A.R.S. and a member of  Protect The Flows.  Protect The Flows is a network of over 800 businesses who own and operate businesses in communities along the Colorado River. Take… Read more »

River Champions – Reader Nominated

Richard Ingebretsen – Glen Canyon Institute  Richard Ingebresten has dedicated his life to restoring the Colorado River basin. Richard founded Glen Canyon Institute in 1996, with the help of legendary conservationist David Brower. He first visited Glen Canyon as a young boy scout and developed a great love for the canyons that would later be… Read more »

Colorado’s White River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014

www.americanrivers.org/WhiteRiverCO Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named Colorado’s White River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014 today, shining a national spotlight on the threat oil and gas development poses to fish and wildlife habitat, clean water, and recreation opportunities. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save rivers that are… Read more »

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 »

Planning for growth – 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 »

The Important Places That Bring Me to Tears

My father and stepmom were river rats, and from a very early age, they introduced me to the mighty rivers of the Southwest. My Dad, brother, and I on the San Juan – 1980 Many summers we would have more than one trip down the San Juan, and as I got a bit older, I… Read more »

Conservationists cheer withdrawal of dam proposal for Colorado’s Arkansas River

Denver – Colorado’s Arkansas River will remain one of the nation’s most popular rivers for fishing and paddling, now that a 20-year-old dam proposal is officially dead. American Rivers applauded Friends of the Arkansas River for their dedication to preserving a free-flowing Arkansas River and advocating alternative water supply solutions. In 1990, Colorado Springs Utilities… Read more »

Baby Steps for Big Endangered River – Who Will Be Next?

Over the years, one of the recurring visitors to our list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® is the Rio Grande on the border between the U.S. and Mexico.The Rio Grande appeared on the list in 1993, 1994, 2000, and 2003. The challenges with managing the waters of the river have proven to be abundant, and… Read more »