Map of US Dam Removals 1936-2014

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 American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams.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

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American Rivers named the Missouri River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® today, shining a national spotlight on outdated flood management practices that are threatening public safety.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 »

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 »

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 »

River Policy Update: 2011 Wrap-Up

Welcome to the first edition of the new and improved “River Policy Update”! This monthly blog series will provide comprehensive and timely updates on federal laws and policies affecting rivers across the country. If you’d like to receive the policy update each month by email, sign up here and fill out the survey to let… 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 »

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 »

Mississippi River named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC – As floodwaters swelled the Mississippi River to historic levels and overwhelmed communities in 10 states, American Rivers gave a ‘special mention’ to the river today in its list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2011.  American Rivers made the last minute addition to the list due to the unprecedented nature of the… Read more »