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 American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams.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 »

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 »

Securing Future Water For The Colorado River Requires Action Now

Both Lake Powell and Lake Mead reservoirs are less than 50% full | © Wikipedia A recent piece in the New York Times “Colorado River Drought Forces a Painful Reckoning for States” (January 6) paints a dire picture of water scarcity in the Colorado basin, a crisis of supply and demand on an almost continental… Read more »

Colorado River

The Hardest Working River The Colorado River is a lifeline in the desert, its water sustaining tens of millions of people in seven states, as well as endangered fish and wildlife. Not only does the Colorado River provide drinking water to thirty-six million people and irrigate nearly four million acres of land, it also is… Read more »

“River Killer” Bill Passes the House

Originally published on Telluride Inside…And Out Natural Resources Committee moved a bill forward that would effectively kill Colorado’s rivers. Take action to stop this terrible bill Today, under the leadership of Doc Hastings (R-WA) and Tom McClintock (R-CA) in the House Natural Resources Committee, high-profile legislators with anti-environment track records and agendas voted almost strictly… Read more »