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 American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams.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

A Canyon to Linger In

Today’s post on the Disappearing Rio Grande Expedition is a guest blog by reporter Colin McDonald. Read more about the expedition here. Paddling into the canyon | Colin McDonald The 1,500-foot sheer walls of Santa Elena Canyon have been a mainstay of river guides along the Rio Grande for generations. The massive, immovable layers of… 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 »

Rivers Divide Us?

At American Rivers, our slogan is Rivers Connect Us, to one another and to nature. But recently, as I paddled with a small group of friends in canoes 80 miles down the Rio Grande through Big Bend National Park, where the river forms the border between the United States and Mexico, I reflected on how… Read more »

Announcing the 2010 National River Cleanup Photo Contest Winner

American Rivers would like to congratulate the Earth Club from Calallen High School who hosted a National River Cleanup™ on the Nueces River near Corpus Christi, Texas in early April this year.  Their group photo won the photo contest with 473 votes! Linda Mix was the Cleanup Organizer and photographer. Her group successfully removed about 600… Read more »

Baby Steps for Big Endangered River – Who Will Be Next?

Over the years, one of the recurring visitors to our list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® is the Rio Grande on the border between the U.S. and Mexico.The Rio Grande appeared on the list in 1993, 1994, 2000, and 2003. The challenges with managing the waters of the river have proven to be abundant, and… Read more »

Busy Week for Natural Gas Across the Country

Well pad | Credit: Ecoflight   There has been a lot of activity across the country this week as states grapple with the most appropriate ways to deal with the natural gas boom.  Here are some highlights: For America’s Most Endangered River® of 2011, the Susquehanna River, local activists surprised the Commissioners of the Susquehanna… Read more »

Is radioactive water making you glow, or are you just happy to see me?

While Gasland was busy making a run for an Oscar this weekend, the New York Times published a front page article on the dangers of hydrofracking.  A radioactive exposé, if you will.  In an effort to lay the electric green glowing data out on the table, Times journalist Ian Urbina discussed his illuminating natural gas journey over the… Read more »

America’s Most Endangered Rivers Report: 2007 Edition

Read the Full Report(PDF) Rivers come in all shapes and sizes, and vary from pristine to heavily polluted, but it’s generally safe to assume that water is a common denominator among them. For the Santa Fe, 2007’s Most Endangered River, water is the missing ingredient, leaving this once-thriving river a dry, weed-choked ditch most of… Read more »