Protecting Rivers & Your Clean Water
Our family spends a lot of time on Oregon’s North Umpqua River. My husband John fishes there. It was the first river we visited with our son, when he was only three weeks old. And now that August is three years old, we love to camp and hike there. We were on the Umpqua this past weekend, and it was great seeing the river through his eyes.Read more »
In 2007, American Rivers highlighted the Upper Delaware River on our list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® because it was threatened by a massive power line through the Wild and Scenic River. Then again in 2010, the Upper Delaware appeared at the top of the list due to the threat of natural gas development in the watershed.Read more »
Poor St. Croix River… sigh…
Recent attacks on this river caused it to appear on our 2009 and 2011 lists of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®. In March 2012, President Obama signed a bill that created an exemption to the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in order to build a superhighway bridge across the river.
Over the last two years, the Hoback River in western Wyoming has climbed from #7 to #5 in our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® report due to the threat of industrial-scale gas drilling in its headwaters.
Today, the Hoback exited the list the right way – by being saved.
Last week, The Nature Conservancy of Montana and the Nature Conservancy of Canada announced they had raised the $10 million needed to buy out existing mining rights and implement new environmental protections along the North Fork of the Flathead River. The buyout comes on the heels of legislation the British Columbian parliament passed in 2010 to protect the North Fork from all forms of mining and oil and gas drilling.Read more »
Last week on the way home from a conference in Ellensburg, Washington put on by the Washington State section of the American Water Resources Association (a great organization the Washingtonians among you might consider joining after you make sure your American Rivers membership is up to date), I felt the need to get outside and experience a real river after talking about them indoors for two days.Read more »
As we learn over and over again, nature is amazing at healing itself, and the area is now recovering with diverse forms of life mingled with scars from its explosive past. Sadly, the Green River valley is increasingly targeted for mining and exploratory drilling.Read more »