American Rivers is committed to creative storytelling that inspires conservation. View some of our most recent projects below, and visit the American Rivers YouTube channel for all of our videos.

62 Years

As the West faces a looming water crisis, the Colorado River Basin is in the spotlight more than ever. And unfortunately, because of its abundant water and record demand, the wild Yampa River continues to be a target for diversion. We need rivers like the Yampa—to remind us how rivers are supposed to function, to demonstrate that it is possible to sustain vibrant agriculture while conserving endangered fish and recreation, and to help us improve the management of other rivers in the Colorado Basin.

That’s why O.A.R.S. has teamed up with American Rivers on 62 Years to urge key decision makers to continue to safeguard the Yampa for future generations. Please join us as we diligently work to preserve and protect this icon of the American West.


At 85 years old, organic raisin farmer and lifelong river advocate Walt Shubin is not slowing down. He has dedicated the last 65 years of his life to restoring California’s once-mighty San Joaquin River to the wild glory he remembers as a young boy.


Through this film you can experience a small taste of the beauty of the Snake near Jackson, and feel the joy between legendary fly fishing guide Jack Dennis and his grandson as they ply the currents of this beautiful stretch of water.

The Important Places

Short film about the connection between a father and son, and the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The film explores the growth of these two men, through different stages of their lives, and how the thread woven between them, the Colorado River, brought them back the most important place of all.

Parker’s Top 50 Favorite Things about Northwest Rivers

This fun new video celebrates the best things about Northwest rivers, from a kid’s perspective. From sun rain, to waterfalls, to wild salmon, to time with mom, it’s the rivers that make the Northwest such a special place to live.


Despite being in a historically wet area of the country, in recent years many Flint River tributaries have dried up completely and the river’s flows have dropped dramatically.

Leave It As It Is

The Grand Canyon is one of the most iconic landscapes on the planet. But this natural masterpiece of the Colorado River faces a battery of threats. Unless the Department of the Interior acts to stop these threats, one of our nation’s greatest natural treasures will be scarred forever.

I Am Red – The Colorado River

The Colorado River is a lifeline in the desert, its water sustaining tens of millions of people in seven states, as well as endangered fish and wildlife. However, demand on the river’s water now exceeds its supply, leaving the river so over-tapped that it no longer flows to the sea.

Yo Soy Rojo El Rio Colorado

Starting on Earth Day, April 22, congregations from Denver to Los Angeles will begin screening a Spanish-language version of the award-winning film, “I Am Red” as part of their discussions about protecting God’s creation, the importance of the Colorado River and its tributaries, and the need for conservation.

Year of the River

The final video of our Year of the River series, this film tells the story of historic dam removal successes on Washington’s Elwha and White Salmon rivers. The seven-minute film premiered at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in 2013 and is the final installment in the “€œYear of the River”€ series by filmmaker Andy Maser.