River Champions – Reader Nominated

Beth Bardwell – Audubon New Mexico © Michael Lundgren Beth Bardwell has been working to conserve freshwater and rivers within New Mexico and the Rio Grande basin through on-the-ground restoration and water policy reform at the local, state and federal level. She has helped launch Audubon’s national effort called the Western Rivers Action Network, on-the-ground… Read more »

House greenlights massive bridge over Wild and Scenic St. Croix River

Washington, DC – In a blow to fiscal responsibility and river protections that Americans hold dear, the House of Representatives today voted to allow the construction of a $700 million mega-bridge over the Wild and Scenic St. Croix River. The bill had already passed the Senate. American Rivers and its partners have been fighting the… Read more »

Mississippi floods: the Year of the River

Several months ago, American Rivers dubbed 2011 The Year of the River because of the exciting and unprecedented dam removal projects coming up. The river restoration on Washington’s Elwha and White Salmon are ones for the history books. But now we have another history-making event in the works: record flooding of the Mississippi River. We… Read more »

Listen To The River, And Then Fight For It!

Today’s guest blog about the #6 Boundary Waters- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Steve Piragis. Steve and his wife, Nancy, own and operate Piragis Northwoods Company in Ely, Minnesota. Piragis Northwoods Company is, among other things, an outfitter for canoe trips into the Boundary Waters and one of the… Read more »

Restore the Gorge!

credit: Olivia Dorothy The Upper St Anthony Falls Lock closure is inspiring a lot of imagination as citizens, planners, and non-profits try to dream up a new Minneapolis riverfront.  Some of the ideas were voiced at a visioning meeting in Minneapolis a few weeks ago at Mill City. My personal favorite vision: Restoring the Mississippi River Gorge…. Read more »

Missouri River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, D.C. – American Rivers named the Missouri River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® today, shining a national spotlight on outdated flood management practices that are threatening public safety.  “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save rivers that are facing a critical tipping point,” said Eileen Fretz of American… Read more »

Most Endangered Rivers of 2011 Announced Today!

Presenting our much awaited…yearly exposé of rivers on the brink… America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2011! We have a crucial list of rivers compiled for this year, with threats ranging from natural gas development to flooding to mining to disgusting water pollution. It is all on the list! For the second year in a row,… Read more »

Love At First Sight

Today’s guest blog about the #6 Boundary Waters- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Carla Arneson, a retired teacher who now lives full-time in her small log cabin on the shore of one of Ely’s threatened lakes; a lake through which the beautiful Kawishiwi River flows on its way to… Read more »

St Louis River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2015 8. St Louis River Location: Minnesota The St. Louis River is threatened by new copper-nickel sulfide mining in its headwaters that would destroy or degrade thousands of square miles of pristine forested wetlands and streams. Credit: Lori Andresen Minnesota’s Arrowhead region is known for its pure and abundant waters,… Read more »

American Rivers Names America’s Most Endangered Rivers(TM) of 2011

Washington, DC – With floodwaters swelling the Mississippi River to historic levels and rivers nationwide at risk from gas drilling, sewage pollution, and other threats, American Rivers today released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™. For the second year in a row, the most endangered river in the United States is a victim… Read more »