Vail Daily Column: Blue Trails Program Comes To The Eagle

This is a guest blog previously published by the Vail Daily. Eagle River, CO | © Ken Neubecker Editor’s note: The author wrote this column on behalf of Eagle River Watershed Council. Colorado is blessed with many rivers that flow from melting winter snows to the sea crossing nearly a third of the country. These… Read more »

Come For a Ride Down the Colorado River!

Explore the Colorado River in Google Maps Street View This past August, as I floated down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon with the Google Street View team, I couldn’t help but think how incredibly awesome it would be for people all around the world to be able to take that same trip “virtually.” … Read more »

American Rivers and Google Maps launch Colorado River Street View!

Explore 286 miles of the Colorado River (including 36 Mile Rapids shown here) in Google Maps Street View We are excited to announce the Colorado River is the focus of a new Google Maps Street View project launched today in partnership between American Rivers and Google Maps! For the first time, you can explore 286 miles of the Colorado… Read more »

Congressman Polis Acts to Save Rivers

Washington – Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) took a bold step today to protect rivers in Colorado and across the nation by removing his support for H.R. 3189, the so-called “Water Rights Protection Act.” The House of Representatives will vote on the bill on Thursday. The bill, which is being pushed by the National Ski Areas… Read more »

River Champions – Reader Nominated

Bill Dvorak Bill Dvorak has helped the passing of HB 1298 Wildlife Habitat Protection Bill in 2007. He has headed numerous fights for conservation and protection of these and other river corridors throughout the west. He has also worked through many sources to push the passing for HB 1341, which is the reconfiguration of the… 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 »

River Champions – Reader Nominated

Martin Litton – Grand Canyon Dories © John Blaustein Martin Litton has run many campaigns to oppose the construction of dams on the Colorado and for dams being constructed within Grand Canyon National Park. He has won protections for 5 rivers threatened by dams. His most recent environmental activities have revolved around opposing logging in… 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 »