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5 Reasons We Need to Fight for the Grand Canyon…Again

Discover Rivers, Most Endangered Rivers
Millions of Americans, and citizens from around the globe, recognize the Grand Canyon as one of the most iconic landscapes on the planet. Hundreds of millions of people have gazed into its depths, mouths agape, wondering how a place as stunning and spectacular as this could even exist, not... Read More

Update on Searsville Dam

Most Endangered Rivers, Restoring Damaged Rivers
If you haven’t urged Stanford to do the right thing with Searsville Dam, you can add your voice right now.... Read More

Can the Colorado Water Plan work?

Most Endangered Rivers, Water Supply
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 a... Read More

Oil Spill Cleanups are a Myth

Conserving Clean Water
As someone who lived through the worst oil spill disaster in American history, I’m going to tell you an unpleasant truth – oil spill cleanups are a myth. I was among the thousands of workers who were hired to clean up the 11 million gallons of North Slope crude that... Read More

First Wild and Scenic Rivers in Vermont

Conserving Clean Water, Discover Rivers, Wild and Scenic Rivers
Today we highlight another of the new Wild and Scenic Rivers that were designated recently by Congress.  The Missisquoi and Trout Rivers became the first Wild and Scenic Rivers in Vermont.  These are another example of the Partnership Rivers model, a collaboration between local communities and the National Park... Read More

Colorado River Initiative: Purposeful Protection of River Corridors

Blue Trails
River fun in Eagle County has historically been concentrated along the upper reaches of the Colorado River, leaving about 40 miles of river lonely and underutilized. However, in 2011, Eagle County Open Space (ECOS) and several partners began a concerted effort to protect the river corridor and improve access... Read More

Celebrating Passage of the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act

Wild and Scenic Rivers
Western Montanans are lucky enough to live amongst truly wild places: valleys created by free-flowing rivers, seas of peaks reaching for the sky, and largely intact habitats that are filled with all of species that were present at the time of European contact. The Rocky Mountain Front – that... Read More