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Dam Good Year for Dam Removal in 2017

Restoring Damaged Rivers
In the midst of all the challenges 2017 saw for rivers and clean water, it was a record year for removing outdated, unsafe dams! Find out which states are leading the way on busting deadbeat dams, and read about some great river restoration projects.... Read More

McCombs Honored for Conservation Work in North Carolina

Blue Trails, Restoring Damaged Rivers
The 2018 Fred A. Harris Fisheries Conservation Award was presented to American Rivers' Conservation Director for Southern Appalachia, Erin McCombs for her significant contributions to protect and enhance the natural resources and stream habitats in North Carolina.... Read More

Rediscovering a City’s River – Cross Creek

Most Endangered Rivers, Restoring Damaged Rivers, Stormwater and Sewage, Urban Waters, Water Pollution, Water Supply
Cross Creek - once the epicenter of Fayetteville, NC - has been ditched and channelized. We're working with the City, and local and regional partners to develop a plan to restore Cross Creek and reconnect with it the Cape Fear River.... Read More

We Are Rivers: 5,000 Miles of Wild

Protecting Rivers, Wild and Scenic Rivers
In this episode of We Are Rivers, we describe the impact we will make through our 5,000 Miles of Wild® campaign – including the protection of an additional 5,000 river miles and collecting 5,000 of your river stories. ... Read More

The Coosa River’s Day in Court

Energy Development, Protecting Rivers, Restoring Damaged Rivers, Water Supply
Georgia and Alabama's Coosa River is home to one of the biggest extinction events in North America during the 20th century, all thanks to dams.... Read More

Why Planning for Drought is Good for Arizona

Climate Change & Rivers, Most Endangered Rivers, Protecting Rivers, Restoring Damaged Rivers, Water Supply
Arizona remains in a lingering drought, and with the structural over use of the Colorado River, more must be done to support the river and keep Arizona’s water supply out of shortage. Passage of a Drought Contingency Plan is an important step for the preservation of Lake Mead water... Read More

Spend More, and Spend Wisely, for Clean Water

Floods & Floodplains, Protecting Rivers, Restoring Damaged Rivers, Stormwater and Sewage, Urban Waters, Water Pollution, Water Supply
As President Trump prepares to put infrastructure in the spotlight, we encourage Congress to stand up for greater water infrastructure investment and insist on nature-based solutions to restore and modernize our nation’s infrastructure.... Read More

The State of Rivers at the State of the Union

Conserving Clean Water, Protecting Rivers, Restoring Damaged Rivers, Water Pollution, Water Supply
On Tuesday, January 30th, President Trump will deliver his annual State of the Union address to Congress, but after one year of presidency, what is the state of U.S. rivers?... Read More

2017 National River Cleanup® Recap and Champions

Discover Rivers, National River Cleanup®
From Alaska to Florida, volunteers and organizers worked tirelessly to ensure our rivers were left cleaner and safer than how they were found through our National River Cleanup® program in 2017.... Read More