Defend the Colorado River

The Colorado River and its tributaries like the Fraser River are essential for the health of local communities that depend on them. Not only do they provide clean water for drinking and agriculture, they are also the foundation of the regions tourism industry providing world class opportunities for fly fishing and boating. But soon, 80%… Read more »

The Word of the Day: Fracking

Guess what? One of the most popular search terms on Yahoo recently was… FRACKING! Fracking is all the buzz lately. Unfortunately, this is one hat that is not going to sell out any time soon. Recently, Time magazine hopped on the scoop with an article entitled, “Could Shale Gas Power the World?” The author talks… Read more »

America is Rivers

Spending some time enjoying the Chicago River! As a primary city dweller, I have found that it is far too easy to forget the amazing topography of the United States. Mountains, rivers, lakes, plains and forests merge together to become the America we know and love. While all of these features are vastly different, together… Read more »

A Victory for the Crystal River!

Your support helped protect the Crystal River, CO. Now we need your help on the Colorado River. Take Action to support the #1 America’s Most Endangered River! 2013 has been a big year for the Crystal River in Colorado. After nearly 5 decades, a proposal to construct two large dams on the main-stem Crystal River and… 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 »

Epic Streamflows In Western Colorado – Is It Sustainable?

Morrows Point dam is spilling at over 9,000 cfs! | Joel Evans This year’s spring runoff in Western Colorado is bordering on epic! With the Shoshone Reach on the Colorado near Glenwood Springs running at over 16,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) and the three Aspinall Unit dams (Blue Mesa, Morrow Point, and Crystal) spilling… 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 »

Can the Colorado Water Plan work?

Fishing the Upper Colorado | Sinjin Eberle In a recent 5280 magazine article, Kate Siber asked, “Can a Water Plan Actually Work”? At times she came close, but never really answered her own question. The answer is a solid “it all depends”. The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) Director James Ecklund and his staff have put… Read more »

American Rivers with CNN’s The Wonder List

We are thrilled to be traversing the Colorado River Basin, filming a new episode of the travel journal, The Wonder List with CNN. Each episode focuses on people, places, cultures, or creatures facing a crossroads. Hosted by veteran journalist Bill Weir, the show was one of the most popular shows on CNN in 2015. Over… Read more »