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 American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams.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

Latest News on the Kootenai River

Today’s guest blog about the #9 Kootenai River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Ryland Nelson, one of our Canadian partners with Wildsight. Wildsight works locally, regionally, and globally to protect biodiversity and encourage sustainable communities in Canada’s Columbia and southern Rocky Mountain region. Kootenai River, MT, ID | © Robyn… Read more »

The Need for Wild and Scenic River Protections

Bitch Creek, ID | © Scott Bosse Having moved from corporate America to American Rivers last year, one of the best things I’ve found about working for American Rivers is the increased appreciation I continue to gain for the importance of the work done by our conservation staff. Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to… Read more »

Summer music tour with The Infamous Stringdusters

Join American Rivers and the Infamous Stringdusters on tour! Rivers and music go great together, which is why we’re excited to announce that American Rivers and The Infamous Stringdusters are teaming up for a 2013 American Rivers tour! We’re grateful to partner with the Grammy-nominated ‘Dusters to raise awareness about the need to protect and… Read more »

Fishing on the Kootenai is Threatened by Coal Mining

Today’s guest blog about the #9 Kootenai River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Beckie Clarke, owner and operator of Fernie Fly Fishing, in Fernie, British Columbia, Canada.  Beckie talks about the impacts to fishing caused by mines on the Elk River.  The Elk River joins the Kootenai River at… Read more »

Kootenai River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2013: Kootenai River British Columbia, Montana, Idaho At Risk: Water quality and survival of rare fish and wildlife Threat: Open-pit coal mining Mining in the Elk/Kootenai River Basin, BC | Garth Lenz Ask U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to request the engagement of the International Joint Commission to address… Read more »

Kootenai River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named the transboundary Kootenai River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2013 today due to the threat that five open-pit coal mines along one of its major tributaries pose to water quality, native fish and wildlife, and world-class recreation. American Rivers and its partners are calling on the U.S. State Department… Read more »

Lower Snake River, ID, OR and WA

The salmon and steelhead of the Snake River are magnificent creatures, traveling over 900 miles from the sea to spawn in Idaho’s high mountain streams. These fish are central to the lives of many Pacific Northwesterners and to the health of the region’s environment and economy. Unfortunately, this icon of the region is threatened with… Read more »

Two-Headed Trout: Water Pollution Rearing Its Ugly Heads

As some members of Congress push their dirty water agenda, we are continually reminded of the importance of clean water safeguards. This week, news broke with compelling photos of the devastating effects of selenium in waterways.  Mutated brown trout, sporting two heads similar to the likes of blinky a la The Simpsons, were found near… Read more »

Academy Award Winning Rivers

  Tom Skerritt, Actor and American Rivers Board Member With the Oscars coming up this weekend and all the stars donning their gowns and bow ties, we thought it would be fun to highlight some popular, Academy Award nominated river films from over the years.  Whether the river is used as a scenic setting or… Read more »