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How would you feel if the Grand Canyon ran dry?

Climate Change & Rivers, Hydropower, Most Endangered Rivers, Protecting Rivers, Restoring Damaged Rivers, Water Supply
Without being overly melodramatic, the reality is that unless some serious decisions are made, and fast, we could be facing the difficult reality of very little to no water being able to pass through Glen Canyon Dam, in essence creating a Grand Canyon without the guarantee of a flowing... Read More

No, You Can’t Suck Rivers Dry

Climate Change & Rivers, Conserving Clean Water, Protecting Rivers, Restoring Damaged Rivers
This is a guest blog written by Gerrit Jöbsis - EPA ruling disallows use of harmful South Carolina water withdrawal law... Read More

Supreme Court case puts your clean water at risk

Protecting Rivers, Water Pollution, Water Supply
The Supreme Court is considering a case that has the potential to remove Clean Water Act protections for over half our wetlands and streams – putting the drinking water for 1 in 3 Americans at risk.... Read More

A Rainforest of Clams

Biodiversity, Science
There are more species of freshwater mussels in the Southeast US than anywhere else in the world – even in the Amazon Rainforest! ... Read More

“That’s a lot of water…”

American Rivers recently had the pleasure of co-hosting a whitewater rafting trip with a local nonprofit organization called the Vamos Outdoors Project — a group, based in Whatcom and Skagit counties, whose mission is to build community through connection to the land and access to the outdoors.... Read More

What does the Inflation Reduction Act mean for rivers

Climate Change & Rivers, Conserving Clean Water, Environmental Justice, Infrastructure, Water Supply
The IRA will provide an estimated $369 billion to tackle climate change over the next decade. That’s a big number, but what does it mean for rivers?  ... Read More

A New Threat Looms over California – A Megaflood

Climate Change & Rivers, Floods & Floodplains, Infrastructure
A new study provides a dire warning for how climate change will impact weather patterns in California, with periods of unprecedented rainfall expected to increase in frequency and intensity. There is no telling exactly when the event will occur, but the research has made it clear: the storm is... Read More

The Impact of Hydropower Revealed

While hydropower dams will continue to play a role in our nation’s energy portfolio, it is important to acknowledge that both reservoirs and hydropower generation contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.... Read More