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 »

America’s Most Endangered Rivers to be Announced June 2

(Washington, DC) – American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, will release “America’s Most Endangered Rivers: 2010 Edition” on June 2. The annual report spotlights the ten most imperiled rivers in the country. This year, as part of the 25th anniversary of the report, American Rivers will also highlight endangered river success stories where… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Announcing America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014!

#1 Most Endangered River is the San Joaquin, CA | © Sarah Craig The time has come! Today, American Rivers is announcing our report on America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014! And the Most Endangered River in the nation this year is: SAN JOAQUIN RIVER (California)! Outdated water management and excessive diversions, compounded by the… Read more »