Wave of Public Support for Protecting the Grand Canyon

The New York Times is running this story by Adam Nagourney today, highlighting significant threats facing the Grand Canyon, one of our country’s greatest national treasures. The story examines the Escalade tram development that could carry as many as 10,000 visitors a day from the canyon rim down to the confluence of the Colorado and… Read more »

A Tribute to Martin Litton, River Hero

Martin Litton | John Blaustein A hero for wild rivers passed away Sunday. One of the original river guides in the Grand Canyon, Martin Litton, 97, was a passionate advocate for wild places and was at the center of some of our country’s biggest river conservation victories. He helped stop the construction of new dams… Read more »

New Protect Our Rivers License Plate

American Rivers members and activists – Here is an awesome way to show off your love for the outdoors every day, while giving back to the Colorado rivers that bring us so much! Introducing the Protect Our Rivers License Plate – Check it out! In early 2014, our friends at Colorado Trout Unlimited began a… Read more »

Rivers Divide Us?

At American Rivers, our slogan is Rivers Connect Us, to one another and to nature. But recently, as I paddled with a small group of friends in canoes 80 miles down the Rio Grande through Big Bend National Park, where the river forms the border between the United States and Mexico, I reflected on how… Read more »

We Are All in This Together

Gates of Lodore – Green River, CO | Matt Rice Where has the summer gone? I feel like I blinked in May and opened my eyes in October. Another summer with not nearly enough time spent on rivers (despite what my friends and family think, I am not on a river everyday) , uncompleted (or… Read more »

A Canyon to Linger In

Today’s post on the Disappearing Rio Grande Expedition is a guest blog by reporter Colin McDonald. Read more about the expedition here. Paddling into the canyon | Colin McDonald The 1,500-foot sheer walls of Santa Elena Canyon have been a mainstay of river guides along the Rio Grande for generations. The massive, immovable layers of… Read more »

The Yampa as a Model for What’s Possible

There are simply not that many wild rivers in the Colorado River Basin. By wild I mean rivers that are not controlled or diverted to other basins – rivers that fill with torrents of raging muddy brown water during spring floods providing nourishment to valleys below – rivers that provide a varied, unique and unparalleled… Read more »

Colorado Water Plan – The Importance of a New Tension

There is nothing more important for Colorado’s future than water. Given that, few things are more critical than the current effort to create a statewide Colorado Water Plan. In 2013, Governor Hickenlooper instructed the Colorado Water Conservation Board to conduct a two-year long planning process to develop a codified approach for how to manage our… 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 »

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 »