The Current is the online publication for American Rivers. Read the latest news and information about rivers and learn how you can help.

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Love Letters to Rivers

Climate Change & Rivers, Discover Rivers, Protecting Rivers, Wild and Scenic Rivers
Love letters to rivers: Over the next few months we'll be sharing "love letters to rivers" -- notes from people reflecting on what rivers mean in their lives. This series is inspired by the multiple Wild and Scenic River bills moving through Congress right now, including the historic River... Read More

Mommy Mussels and the Breathing Rocks

Climate Change & Rivers
Freshwater mussels breathe our rivers clean. A new investigation aims to uncover the truth about why mussels are mysteriously dying off — and how to protect these important river creatures.... Read More

Coming Together to Help the Little Colorado River Thrive

Climate Change & Rivers, Discover Rivers
The Little Colorado River (LCR) is essentially a misnomer—“little” only in title and by comparison to the Colorado River. The LCR basin is 27,000 square miles of high deserts, mesas, and mountains near the center of the Colorado Plateau.... Read More

American Rivers 2021 Impact Report is here!

Blue Trails, Climate Change & Rivers, Conserving Clean Water, Dam Removal, Discover Rivers, Energy Development, Environmental Justice, Floods & Floodplains, Grants, Hydropower, National River Cleanup®, Protecting Rivers, Restoring Damaged Rivers, Science, Staff, Stormwater and Sewage, Urban Waters, Water Pollution, Water Supply, Wild and Scenic Rivers
Last year was proof of what we can achieve when we work together.... Read More

Key ways to help free rivers in 2022

Dam Removal, Environmental Justice, Protecting Rivers, Restoring Damaged Rivers
What the science says about free-flowing rivers — and why this year could be a turning point.... Read More

The Strength of Salmon

Dam Removal, Restoring Damaged Rivers
As a species, salmon have an unrelenting, almost maddening streak of stubborn.... Read More