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 American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams.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

Celebrating Passage of the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act

This blog is part of our series featuring the rivers protected by Congress in December 2014, including those designated as Wild and Scenic Rivers. Sun River, MT | Mike Fiebig Western Montanans are lucky enough to live amongst truly wild places: valleys created by free-flowing rivers, seas of peaks reaching for the sky, and largely intact habitats that… Read more »

Groups Seal Deal to Protect Transboundary Flathead River

North Fork of the Flathead River, MT | Scott Bosse The decades long battle over whether to develop the mineral wealth underlying one of North America’s most wildlife-rich river corridors is finally over. Last week, The Nature Conservancy of Montana and the Nature Conservancy of Canada announced they had raised the $10 million needed to… Read more »

A River Bill More Popular Than Beer

North Fork Flathead River, MT | © Scott Bosse It’s a rare event these days when the two major political parties in Congress can lay down their swords and agree on anything. For the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a pro-conservation bill by unanimous consent is almost unimaginable. Yet that’s exactly what happened earlier… Read more »

River Guardians Spring Conservation Update: Part 1 – National Successes

Welcome to Part 1 of the River Guardians Spring Conservation Update, which highlights some of American Rivers’ most recent national successes. Whether we’re removing dams, cleaning up trash, or advocating for legislation, all our work helps to revitalize rivers for both people and wildlife. Please enjoy! About the River Guardians River Guardians are among American… 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 »

A Tribute To National Parks

This is a guest blog from our conservation intern Dan Hermes. Soda Butte Creek, Yellowstone, WY | Dan Hermes As I trek through the tall grass of the high country, I peer off in the distance to see golden plains filled with bison and mountains of epic proportions in the background. The sweet scent of… Read more »

New Poll Confirms Montana’s Love Affair With Rivers

Winter fishing in Montana | © Scott Bosse Not many people think of fly-fishing as a winter sport. But if you drive up the Gallatin Canyon from Bozeman to Big Sky on a typical late winter day, you might be surprised at what you’ll find. At certain bends in the river where fish are known… Read more »

River Guardians Spring Conservation Update: Part 2

Northern Rockies, Central Rockies, and the Midwest Long-Awaited Victory for the North Fork of the Flathead River North Fork Flathead River, MT | Scott Bosse American Rivers and our conservation partners scored a major win in the four-decade battle to defend the integrity of Montana’s North Fork of the Flathead River along the western boundary… Read more »