American Rivers Announces America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2013

Washington, D.C. — American Rivers today announced its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, naming the Colorado River the Most Endangered River in the country.  The Colorado River is endangered by outdated water management that is inadequate to respond to the pressures of over-allocation and persistent drought. American Rivers is calling on Congress to… Read more »

Announcing America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2013

Colorado River through the Grand Canyon | © Amy Kober For thirty years, our America’s Most Endangered Rivers report has highlighted urgent threats to rivers and has spurred the public to take action. Through the report, we have helped sound the alarm on hundreds of rivers, saving them from threats like pollution and new dams…. Read more »

The Colorado is America’s Most Endangered River

Today’s guest blog about the #1 Colorado River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Gary Wockner, Director of the Save The Colorado River Campaign. Save The Colorado provides funding for environmental organizations throughout the Colorado River basin. Mark Twain once said, “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.”  His words… Read more »

Colorado River Basin Study Overview

Colorado River, AZ, CO, NV, UT faces low water levels at the Hoover Dam | vnvlain In December 2012, the Bureau of Reclamation released the Colorado River Basin Study, a comprehensive look at projected water shortages and outdated water management in a basin that the American west has drawn heavily on for decades. The study… 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

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2013: Colorado River Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming At Risk: Recreation economy, water supply, and wildlife habitat Threat: Outdated water management Spanish language Press Release and Colorado Report Map of Colorado River Basin including annual average water flows and dams (PDF) Watch the Colorado’s video (full screen button… Read more »

Great News for the Green River!

Green River, UT | Scott Bosse Great news! The Colorado Water Conservation Board has decided to stop funding a study investigating a potential 500-mile pipeline from Wyoming’s Flaming Gorge Reservoir to the Colorado Front Range.  This pipeline would have withdrawn massive amounts of water from the Green River- a beautiful western gem running through Utah,… 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 »

Communities Evaluate Wild and Scenic as Tool to Protect the Crystal River

Crystal River, CO | Delia Malone A couple of months ago communities along the Crystal River in Colorado gathered in Redstone, CO and Carbondale, CO to discuss the appropriateness of a Wild Scenic Designation to protect the river from new dam and trans-basin diversion projects.  Four panelists with experience working to designate Wild and Scenic… Read more »

Colorado River Study: Will There Be Enough Water To Support The Demand?

Colorado River Delta | Peter McBride Will there be enough? “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.“ – W.H. Auden Yesterday, The Bureau of Reclamation issued its Final Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study. Authorized by Congress through the Secure Water Act of 2009 and jointly funded and prepared by the… Read more »