Rivers at a turning point: Reflections on 2017 and the year ahead

2017 was a rough year for rivers and clean water, but thanks to all of you, American Rivers was able to make significant progress for the rivers that connect us all. Listen to our newest podcast “Reflections on 2017” to learn more about what we did to protect and defend rivers and clean water supplies in 2017.

Upper Colorado River | Russ Schnitzer

In this episode of our We Are Rivers podcast, hear from Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers and other staff about challenges and successes for rivers in 2017, and our priorities for the coming year.

2017 brought many challenges for rivers and clean water, but thanks to you, our supporters, American Rivers was able to make significant progress for the rivers that connect us all.


We mounted a strong defense, sounding the alarm about attacks on our clean drinking water, public lands, and the rivers that flow through our communities. American Rivers supporters sent more than 286,000 letters sent to decision makers, making their voices heard loud and clear.

We removed 11 dams, restored more than 400 miles of rivers, and our volunteers cleaned up 2.58 million pounds of trash from local streams.

In this new episode of our We Are Rivers podcast, hear more about the threats we’re continuing to fight, victories we achieved, and what we’re focused on in 2018.

At American Rivers, we have a long history of protecting wild rivers, restoring damaged rivers, and conserving clean water for people and nature – and that legacy isn’t about to end now. If you’re inspired by what you hear in the podcast, please consider making a gift today. With your help, we will continue to make positive strides for the rivers that give us all so much.

5 responses to “Rivers at a turning point: Reflections on 2017 and the year ahead

  1. Thank you for your wonderful work to keep rivers and their environs healthy and clean! You all do wonderful, invaluable work.

  2. Thank you for your commitment to defend and protect our vital rivers of the United States. The onslaught on our environment is a real threat, and I hope that your group is successful in protecting our resources, especially critical watersheds (which includes ALL OF THEM) that we so depend. GET TRUMP OUT OF OFFICE!!! HE DOESN”T BELONG THERE> HE BELONGS IN JAIL!!

  3. Love the work you all do. We all can do our share to enjoy our waterways for generations to come. We are solely responsible for our planet…

  4. We must protect our rivers from pollution, they are the source of our drinking water. Efforts must be taken to cleanup areas of pollution.

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