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 »

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 American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams.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

Sustainable Ely…Up, Running, and Making an Impact

This is a guest blog by Jerritt Johnston of Sustainable Ely. © Sustainable Ely Urge President Obama, Congress, and Minnesota’s Governor Dayton to protect the Boundary Waters and oppose the massive Twin Metals Minnesota Mine. This summer, Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness started a new project called Sustainable Ely to protect clean water, the Boundary Waters… Read more »

Survey Says… Don’t Mine the Boundary Waters!

Let President Obama, Governor Dayton, and Congress know that you oppose harmful mining on the Boundary Waters! | © Jim Brandenburg Earlier this year, American Rivers highlighted concerns over introducing sulfide mines to the Boundary Waters region in Minnesota with our list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®. Two new polls show that Minnesotans are becoming more… Read more »

Reflections on Preserving Special Places

Take Action to Protect theBoundary Waters Tell Congress to keep the Boundary Waters safe for future generations! Today’s guest blog about the #6 Boundary Waters- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Jaime Pinkham, a member of the American Rivers Board. On June 1, Jaime joined well over a hundred local… Read more »

Health Concerns Over Mining in Minnesota

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 and local resident of Ely, Minnesota. Take Action to Protect theBoundary Waters Tell Congress to keep the Boundary Waters safe for future generations! Our waters are not all that is at… 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 »

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 »

A Miner’s Take on Mining the Boundary Waters

Today’s guest blog about the #6 Boundary Waters- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Bob Tammen, a retired miner living in Soudan, Minnesota.  Bob and his wife are regular paddlers of the South Kawishiwi River, where copper-nickel mines have been proposed. Take Action to Protect theBoundary Waters Urge President Obama,… Read more »

Protecting Special Places is Important for Local Businesses

Today’s guest blog about the #6 Boundary Waters- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Jane and Steve Koschak, owners of River Point Resort & Outfitting Co. in Ely, Minnesota.  They discuss the impact that mining would have on their local business. Take Action to Protect theBoundary Waters Urge President Obama,… Read more »