Stopping Sewage Overflows

Don’t you just hate it when… there’s raw sewage in your local rivers? Unfortunately, this is the case all too often with over 850 billion gallons of raw or partially treated sewage flowing into our streams, rivers and lakes every year. The Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition, of which American Rivers is a member, recently… Read more »

Little Plover River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2013: Little Plover River Wisconsin River update: 9/26/2014: Good news for the Little Plover At Risk: Fish habitat and water supply Threat: Outdated water management Little Plover River, WI | Amy Thorstenson, Friends of the Little Plover River Ask Wisconsin’s Governor and Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources to… Read more »

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 American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams.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

Good news on the Kinnickinnic

It was recently announced by the EPA that dredging of toxic sediments is complete and the Kinnickinnic River is now on the path to restoration.  This is great news and a great success! American Rivers listed the Kinnickinnic River as one of our 2007 Most Endangered Rivers.  The Kinnickinnic was threatened by toxic sediments with… Read more »

State of Preparedness: Wisconsin

Earlier this year, a number of states released plans detailing how they are preparing for climate change. I have reviewed efforts by Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington so far. Today we’ll look at Wisconsin’s adaptation planning effort. Wisconsin’s plan is exceptionally detailed and thorough. It is divided into five main impact areas: Water resources Natural… Read more »

2010 Dam Removals

See a full list of dams removed in 2010  See a full list of dams removed/slated for removal in 2009 See our past list of dams removed from 1998-2008 American Rivers, the leading conservation organization fighting for healthy rivers so communities can thrive, today announced its annual list of 60 dams that were removed in… Read more »

River Champions – Reader Nominated

Frank Schier and Greg Farnum – The Rock River Trail Initiative Frank Schier and Greg Farnham have been responsible for taking the concept of the Rock River Water Trail in Wisconsin and Illinois from an enduring vision of Frank’s to one of the best documented and planned water trails in the country. The water trail… Read more »

House greenlights massive bridge over Wild and Scenic St. Croix River

Washington, DC – In a blow to fiscal responsibility and river protections that Americans hold dear, the House of Representatives today voted to allow the construction of a $700 million mega-bridge over the Wild and Scenic St. Croix River. The bill had already passed the Senate. American Rivers and its partners have been fighting the… Read more »

Great Lakes – An Environmental History Lesson

While my colleagues and I write and make videos on rain gardens, rain barrels, the importance of addressing stormwater pollution, and in general using green infrastructure to improve our rivers, I think it’s important to keep in mind why we do this. Ask anybody who is involved in conservation, whether it’s their job, they participate… Read more »