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The Climate Crisis is a Water Crisis

It is time to put rivers and freshwater at the center of the climate conversation. The stakes couldn’t be higher, as dangerous floods threaten communities, drought puts livelihoods at risk and fish and wildlife are pushed closer to extinction as streams dry up. ... Read More

Our Favorite River Songs

There are few things at American Rivers we argue over as much as the question: what is the best river song?... Read More

American Rivers 2021 Impact Report is here!

Blue Trails, Climate Change & Rivers, Conserving Clean Water, Dam Removal, Discover Rivers, Energy Development, Environmental Justice, Floods & Floodplains, Grants, Hydropower, National River Cleanup®, Protecting Rivers, Restoring Damaged Rivers, Science, Staff, Stormwater and Sewage, Urban Waters, Water Pollution, Water Supply, Wild and Scenic Rivers
Last year was proof of what we can achieve when we work together.... Read More

Key ways to help free rivers in 2022

Dam Removal, Environmental Justice, Protecting Rivers, Restoring Damaged Rivers
What the science says about free-flowing rivers — and why this year could be a turning point.... Read More

The Strength of Salmon

Dam Removal, Restoring Damaged Rivers
As a species, salmon have an unrelenting, almost maddening streak of stubborn.... Read More

An Update on Northwest Flooding

"Atmospheric rivers” have been slamming the U.S. West Coast for the last several weeks, causing tremendous damage and placing many communities and families in harm’s way.... Read More

California’s Forest Roads and Rivers

The Sierra Nevada mountains are the source of more than 60% of California’s water, with much of that originating in small headwater streams. Unfortunately, the water supply and water quality coming from these streams is at risk.... Read More