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Yazoo Pumps: The Zombie Project That Must End

Floods & Floodplains, Most Endangered Rivers, Protecting Rivers
The Yazoo Pumps project on the Big Sunflower River, Mississippi, was a horrible idea in 1940 and it is a horrible idea today. Learn about the history of the project and take action to make sure it doesn't happen - again.... Read More

Fire and Water: Protecting the Chetco River

Climate Change & Rivers, Protecting Rivers
The U.S. Forest Service is considering logging the Wild and Scenic Chetco River after a wildfire burned a portion of the watershed last summer, take action to ensure safe practices are followed.... Read More

What River are you Drinking?

Conserving Clean Water, Protecting Rivers, Water Supply
This week is National Drinking Water week. We’re celebrating the source of our drinking water and learning what we can do at home and in our community to help keep it clean.... Read More

Sierra Meadow Restoration: Where to Start?

Restoring Damaged Rivers, Water Supply
American Rivers developed a meadow condition scorecard that is useful for rapidly providing data to help prioritize restoration. This process has been very successful for galvanizing collaboration and funding to restore high priority meadows.... Read More

There’s no “Sweet Spot” – What the Colorado River Needs is “Real Balance”

Climate Change & Rivers, Most Endangered Rivers, Protecting Rivers, Water Supply
The real problem isn’t one water user striving to achieve a “sweet spot” in reservoir levels to maximize its own water use; it’s the failure so far of the basin states to adjust to the new hydrology. Region-wide aridity and a warming climate just might force that hand for... Read More

The Big Sunflower River Has The Blues

Discover Rivers, Most Endangered Rivers, Protecting Rivers, Stormwater and Sewage
Not many rivers allow you to paddle through the “birthplace” of the blues among other historical landmarks, but the Mississippi's Big Sunflower - America's Most Endangered River of 2018 - does.... Read More