It’s Green River Day! Share Your Love For The Green!

Take Action to Protect the Green River Let Congress know you support the Clean Water Act! Today is Green River Day!  It is time to speak up on behalf of the Green River, our #2 this year on the list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®. Do you love canyons?  Rafting?  Fishing?  The Wild Wild West? … Read more »

The Last Wild River

Yampa River, CO at Dinosaur National Monument | Chris M. Morris A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to fly in a helicopter over the Yampa River, the last wild river in the Colorado River Basin courtesy of LightHawk; a fantastic organization that works with volunteer pilots to fly over priority conservation areas…. Read more »

Colorado River Basin – Protecting the Flows

Drainage basin map of the Colorado River | Wikimedia Commons One of our nation’s, and the world’s, greatest natural treasures, the Colorado River carves a spectacular course through the heart of the American southwest. The management history of the Colorado River and its tributaries is a complex one, and as the age-old Western expression says,… Read more »

Aspen and Hydropower: What the Men’s Journal Story Leaves Out

Aspen could be a real leader in environmental sustainability, but not until its leaders embrace the restoration and protection of water resources. A consistent refrain in Nathaniel Rich’s recent article in Men’s Journal entitled “Aspen and the End of Snow” is the concept that Aspen and only Aspen can lead the world in stopping climate… Read more »

Making the Link: Conservation, Recreation and our Economy – Part Two

Eagle River, CO at Duck Pond | © Fay Augustyn Last week I blogged about the connection between the economy, recreation and open space here in the western United States. Protecting open space is beneficial for both residents and tourists alike, and in turn is good for local economies. According to the Colorado Division of… Read more »

Out on the River – Work or Play?

Upper Colorado | Jamie Mierau During my first week as the Eagle River Blue Trail Coordinator with American Rivers I was fortunate to float with my colleagues on the upper Colorado River from Rancho Del Rio to the new boat ramp at Catamount Bridge.  Floating a stretch of the Upper Colorado for the first time… 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 »

Grand Canyon Escalade Dealt a Serious Blow

Grand Canyon National Park | Phil Roussin [Flickr] Let me cut to the chase. The tram and massive construction project that were proposed in the Grand Canyon have been dealt a serious blow. Incoming Navajo President Russell Begaye and Navajo Vice President Jonathan Nez have made strong public statements opposing the misguided Escalade project in… Read more »

Connecting Communities to Hometown Rivers

In 2015, American Rivers announced the Connecting Communities to Rivers Grant Program, and we are now excited to announce the seven recipients of the inaugural grant.