Great Outdoors Colorado Listening Tour

Colorado River | Robbin Marks It’s hard to argue that Colorado is one of the most beautiful and naturally diverse states in the country. Whether you are drawn to towering mountain peaks, raging rivers, sublime desert vistas, or waving plains, you can satisfy your landscape desires in Colorado (okay, unless you need an ocean, then… Read more »

What’s Happening With the Ski Industry’s Bill

Last March, the House of Representatives voted to approve a bill that could dry up countless stretches of rivers and harm river restoration efforts nationwide. H.R. 3189 – the so-called “Water Rights Protection Act” – passed by a 238-174 vote. This bill would put the special interests of the oil and gas industry and Big… Read more »

Holston River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2015 3. Holston River Location: Tennessee The Holston River is threatened by the release of a toxic chemical from the Holston Army Ammunition Plant putting local water supplies and the community’s health at risk. South Holston River | Ben Collins (flickr CC) Recent tests indicate that the Holston Army Ammunitions… Read more »

Dispatch from a shrinking reservoir

Sweat is draining down from under my sun hat, drenching my shirt – and I’m not even working! Simply bobbing along in my bright orange sea kayak, out on a massive, man-made reservoir in the middle of June is enough to wick the hydration straight out of my cells. I had come west from the… Read more »

Gitchi-gami-Ziibi: the Lake Superior River

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa have a special relationship with the St. Louis River. Guest blogger Nancy Schuldt discusses the need and responsibility to protect this important place from further destruction.

Minnesota’s Mining Rollercoaster

Minnesota’s Governor Mark Dayton has stated that sulfide-ore mining should not be permitted near the Boundary Waters. Now, he needs to protect the St. Louis River from the same type of harmful mining.

House Approves Bill to Block EPA from Protecting Clean Water

Despite thousands of comments sent by activists last week, on Tuesday, September 9, the US House of Representatives voted to approve HR 5078. This bill was yet another attempt to block the Clean Water Act protection rule-making underway by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). You can see how… Read more »

The Klamath and Killer Whales

Algae bloom behind Klamath dam | James Norman The rivers of the Pacific Coast once teemed with wild salmon, providing nourishment for humans, wildlife, and ecosystems from the mountains to the sea—including many communities of orca whales. But for the last century, dams, habitat loss, and excessive harvest have pushed salmon to the brink. Dams… Read more »

Smith River, Montana

America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2015 4. Smith River Location: Montana The Smith River is threatened by a massive proposed copper mine that would have a significant potential to degrade the Smith’s water quality and harm its nationally-renowned wild trout fishery. Credit: Pat Clayton, Fish Eye Guy Photography The Smith River is threatened by a… Read more »

Protect the threatened Rogue, Smith, and Illinois Rivers

Today’s blog is by Kyle Ashby, American Rivers’ Wild Rivers Campaign Coordinator Rogue River | John Bruckman This week, Oregon Senators Wyden and Merkley along with Representatives DeFazio(OR) and Huffman(CA) lead the charge towards protecting the highest concentration of Wild and Scenic Rivers in the contiguous United States. The Smith, Rogue, and Illinois Rivers are… Read more »