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Rivers named the Missouri River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® today, shining a national spotlight on outdated flood management practices that are threatening public safety.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

The Tale of Two Rivers (and one very large river basin): as the Mississippi River flooding lingers, communities along the Missouri River are witnessing unprecedented flooding

As communities begin to recover from flooding along the Mississippi River, communities along the Missouri River [PDF] from the Dakotas to Iowa to Nebraska to Missouri are bracing for unprecedented flooding. The flooding is unprecedented due to record levels of snowfall (see NY Times image below) in the Rocky Mountains, snow that is late to… 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 »

Pipeline Company Gives Up On Cleaning Its Oil Spill

River ice, as seen here on the Yellowstone River, is hampering cleanup efforts for the oil spill | Photo: Scott Bosse Update: Feb 6, 2015 Three weeks after the Poplar Pipeline spewed 40,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana, cleanup efforts have been called off due to dangerous ice conditions. The spill,… 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 »

Watching Montana’s Clark Fork River Come Back to Life

The Clark Fork, flowing through Missoula, Montana, is no longer the same river that it was when I lived near its banks during graduate school. Back then paddlers, swimmers, and fishermen had to contend with long green plumes of “rock snot” that blanketed the river bottom and made for difficult, slippery wading in river sandals…. Read more »

Two Fabled Montana Streams Protected From Hydro Development

The proposed dam on the Upper Madison River, MT would have been a serious threat to wild brown and rainbow trout | © Scott Bosse Virtually every fly fisherman in the country has either fished or wants to fish the Madison River. After three years of relentless advocacy by American Rivers and its conservation partners,… Read more »

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wants to Protect Arctic Refuge Wild Rivers

Hulahula River, Alaska | © Judith Slein (flickr) This week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommended designating 278 miles of four major wild rivers in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, the Atigun, Marsh Fork of the Canning, the Kongakut and, the Hulahula, as Wild and Scenic Rivers.  The agency found six additional… Read more »

North Fork Flathead River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington— Montana’s Wild and Scenic North Fork of the Flathead River may soon lose its unique wild character thanks to a mountaintop removal mine and a coal bed methane project just over the border in Canada  It’s no wonder the river landed in the number five spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers: 2009 edition. “Harmful… Read more »

Where the Yellowstone Goes

Here in southwest Montana, fall marks the end of the busy tourist season and the best time of the year to float down your favorite local river while casting a fly to aggressive brown trout and gazing in awe at the brilliant yellow cottonwood trees and snow-dusted peaks. And no other river serves up these… Read more »