Colorado Water Plan – The Importance of a New Tension

There is nothing more important for Colorado’s future than water. Given that, few things are more critical than the current effort to create a statewide Colorado Water Plan. In 2013, Governor Hickenlooper instructed the Colorado Water Conservation Board to conduct a two-year long planning process to develop a codified approach for how to manage our… 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 »

Seeing Yourself in the Grand Canyon

For each man sees himself in the Grand Canyon – each one makes his own Canyon before he comes, each one brings and carries away his own Canyon. – Carl Sandburg Grand Canyon | Casey Reynolds [flickr] We asked you to tell us why you feel the canyon is grand and deserves to be protected. What does… Read more »

A Silence on the Animas

I was standing along my local river the other day, under a blue sky with a gentle breeze slipping by. Soft sunlight from above reflected off the nearby cliffs and a muted silence surrounded my thoughts – rare for a beautiful Sunday morning in August. Normally there would be kayakers surfing the wave at Smelter,… Read more »

Tell the California Water Board: Stop the delays and protect the San Joaquin

The San Joaquin is Central California’s largest river, supporting endangered fish and wildlife, communities and one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. Tell the California Water Resources Control Board to act this year to increase flows in the San Joaquin to ensure the watershed is healthy enough to support fish and wildlife,… Read more »

Decision Time on the Gila River

Say NO to a costly, unnecessary diversion project on the Gila! New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and the Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) must make a decision soon whether to move forward with plans to build a diversion project on the Gila River – one of American Rivers’ Most Endangered Rivers in 2014 – under the… Read more »

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 »

House Preemptively Attacks the Clean Water Rule

Update Saturday, May 16: The U.S. House of Representatives has recently passed two measures that aim to stop the finalization of the Clean Water Rule. They have included a rider in their Energy and Water Budget that would prohibit the Army Corps from using its appropriated money to work on the Clean Water Rule. They… Read more »

The Flint River

Georgia’s Flint River provides water for over one million people, 10,000 farms, unique wildlife, and 300 miles of exceptional fishing and paddling. Despite being in a historically wet area of the country, portions of the Flint River system have run dry in recent droughts, and even in rainy years, flows in the Flint and many… Read more »