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Passing on an appreciation of nature

Discover Rivers
I had the good fortune to be the son of a man who loved nature. He brought me up fishing and hunting, and when those were out of season, he would take me on long walks in the woods. Seeing a deer through the trees, a hawk circling overhead,... Read More

The Important Places That Bring Me to Tears

Discover Rivers, Most Endangered Rivers
My father and stepmom were river rats, and from a very early age, they introduced me to the mighty rivers of the Southwest. Many summers we would have more than one trip down the San Juan, and as I got a bit older, I was able to bring friends,... Read More

For the Grand Canyon, don’t let down your guard

Most Endangered Rivers
I often say that, while those who want to harm, destroy, exploit, or otherwise permanently alter our amazing natural landscapes have the ability to lose fight after fight to get what they want, conservationists and those who want to protect our natural heritage can only afford to lose once... Read More

Want to remove a dam? Not sure where to start? Check this guide out.

Restoring Damaged Rivers
As a national leader on dam removal, American Rivers strives to provide resources to the public to help inspire, educate, and ultimately increase the comfort level of groups working on-the-ground that would like to get involved in opening up rivers across the country. Did you know that we have... Read More

Educating the Community through Rain Garden Signs

Water Supply
Alexander Okonta with his sign after the installation | Karen Okonta & Clay Symington An important aspect of implementing green infrastructure in a community is education. The community needs to understand what it is, why it’s important, and what they can do themselves on a small residential scale to... Read More

Voices for the Grand Canyon

Most Endangered Rivers, Water Supply
This is a guest post by Neil Wagner, a relief pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays. The English novelist J.B. Priestly said of the Grand Canyon that “there is of course, no sense at all in trying to describe the Grand Canyon. Those who have not seen it will... Read More

Water and Climate Change: Solutions on the Yakima River

Climate Change & Rivers, Water Supply
The New York Times recently ran a story (Drought is Bearing Fruit for Washington Wineries) quoting Michael Garrity of American Rivers. Michael talked about how a plan for the Yakima River is a model for conservation. I sat down with Michael and asked him some questions about this important... Read More

The Power of Outdoor Recreation

Discover Rivers, Water Supply
Outdoor recreation is an important part of the US economy, contributing about $650 billion annually and over 6 million jobs .... Read More

Release of the Final Clean Water Protection Rule

Conserving Clean Water, Water Supply
Today, you delivered a victory for rivers. Thanks to supporters like you – including the one million Americans who submitted public comments – the Obama Administration finalized the Clean Water Protection Rule – a vital step toward safeguarding the nation’s clean drinking water. Few things are more fundamental to... Read More