A world without rivers

Dry river bed in the Sierra Nevada of CA | Austen Lorenz Imagine a world without rivers. No digging in with your raft paddle as you shoot rapids. No guiding a canoe quietly downstream. No diving into deep river pools or standing in the mist of a waterfall. No casting fly lines into flowing water… Read more »

Can the Colorado Water Plan work?

Fishing the Upper Colorado | Sinjin Eberle In a recent 5280 magazine article, Kate Siber asked, “Can a Water Plan Actually Work”? At times she came close, but never really answered her own question. The answer is a solid “it all depends”. The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) Director James Ecklund and his staff have put… Read more »

New Bill Could Save the Edisto River

Today we have a guest blog update on one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014, the South Fork Edisto River in South Carolina. Legislators in South Carolina have introduced legislation that would end the exemption for large agricultural water withdrawals through state permitting. Below are the comments made by a partner of American Rivers, Doug… Read more »

Stanford on Verge of Momentous Dam Decision

The 60 foot Searsville Dam from below | Matt Stoecker After 15 years of pushing by American Rivers and partners such as Beyond Searsville Dam (BSD), Stanford University could finally start taking responsibility for the harm its water system causes to endangered steelhead trout and local streams. For over 100 years, Stanford has operated multiple… Read more »

Planning for growth – respect or diminish Colorado’s rivers?

Upper Colorado | Ken Neubecker Governor Hickenlooper recently received the initial draft of the Colorado Water Plan.  This “plan” has been in the making since the drought year of 2002, and it’s not over yet.  Work on the Plan, including public input, will continue through the coming year, with the Final version due to the… Read more »

The California Drought – Has Year 4 Begun?

Folsom Lake reservoir in January 2014 | Jacob Dyste As much of the US is in the grip of a frigid arctic air mass, California is in the grip of a ridge of high pressure that has blocked the procession of drenching storms we had in December. A similar pattern, dubbed the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge,… Read more »

After Four Decades, a Victory for the North Fork

It’s been said that good things come to those who wait. North Fork Flathead River | Scott Bosse After four decades, the wait is finally over for all the citizens and conservation groups who have patiently and persistently fought to maintain the integrity of the North Fork of the Flathead River watershed along the western… Read more »

Celebrating another year on the Edisto River

Today’s blog is a guest post by Hugo Krispyn. Friends of the Edisto | Heather C. Clarkson If we’re not exactly a family, we are at least a community, and the Edisto is the tie that connects us. Walking past the registration table and down the hill to the meeting tent at the Friends of… Read more »

Veto the New Madrid Floodway Project

The elusive least bittern breads in the marshes and wetlands of the Midwest, including the New Madrid Floodway, and is protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act | Chris Young Today, American Rivers, as one of 90 organizations, sent a letter to President Obama asking for a Clean Water Act veto to protect the Middle… Read more »

Colorado Water Plan – Don’t leave healthy ecosystems out to dry

Upper Colorado River, CO | Ken Neubecker On November 19th the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) reviewed and approved the draft Colorado Water Plan.  With that and a few “tweaks”, the 385-page document will be sent to the Governor’s office for his review by December 10.  This isn’t the end of the process though.  The… Read more »