Healthy rivers are vital to fish and wildlife and support outdoor activity and healthy lifestyles. We combine national advocacy with field work in key river basins to deliver the greatest impact. We are practical problem solvers with positions informed by science. To do this, we build partnerships and work closely with local river advocates, business and... Read more
American Rivers' Activists Prove How Cherished the Smith is
According to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, the agency received about 10,000 comments during their Smith River scoping period, over 80% of those comments came from American River activists.
Learn About Rivers
From the water cycle to choosing your next adventure, explore with us here!
What Are Prairie Potholes
Prairie potholes are depressional wetlands found most often in the Upper Midwest, especially North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
Getting Climate Smart
A Water Preparedness Guide for State Action In recent years, a record number of extreme weather events including floods, heat waves, droughts, fires and snowstorms have wreaked havoc in the United States. As carbon pollution continues to warm the planet and fuel extreme weather, it is critical that states begin planning for a new “normal.”... Read more
How low will American River get?
With Folsom Dam water releases reduced, and a lack of rain in the forecast, the water levels in the American River continue to drop.
Why the Neuse River is a Part of Me
The beauty of the Neuse River runs deep within surrounding communities in North Carolina. But the smell of sewage floating into the river is decreasing fish populations, as well as harming its health.
What is your favorite river?
I spent my childhood surrounded by creeks and rivers. But one always stood out above the rest.
What River are you Drinking?
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.
10 great American river trips and paddling adventures
There’s something fundamental in getting into a little boat and pushing off the shore and seeing the landscape from the water.
Orcas Need Floodplains and Here's Why
Killer whales, orcas, SRKWs, blackfish, they’re iconic by any name. This is one way we can help support their recovery.
What is a drought contingency plan?
Here are the top things you need to know about the new agreement to stop a water crisis in the West.
10 Facts About Flooding
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about flooding.
How Stormwater Affects Your Rivers
Stormwater can be a valuable resource. But when it is managed like a waste product, it creates problems.
How To Take Spectacular River Photos
By Tim Palmer, photographer and author of “Wild and Scenic Rivers: An American Legacy” Taking pictures of our rivers offers a way to appreciate, remember and share the special scenes and remarkable experiences that we all cherish. During more than 40 years of river-centric odysseys, I’ve reflected on what makes an image compelling to my... Read more
A Fishing Guide's Perspective on Mining in the Menominee
Back 40, a proposed plan to implement a sulfide mine on Michigan's Menominee River, raises many concerns for the health of such a beautiful and important river.
What Is Integrated Water Management?
Here's how integrated water management solutions maintain strong water quality and flow regulations and standards.
7 Amazing American Rivers for Whitewater Rafting
From seasoned pros who seek turbulent rapids and intimidating waterfalls to first-time families with young kids, whitewater rafting is a thrilling sport that has attracted thousands to rivers around the world. Fortunately, there are a number of amazing river systems in the U.S. that provide a variety of experiences. Some are fast, while others are …
How the Clean Water Act Protects Your Rivers
Before The Clean Water Act In 1969 Ohio’s Cuyahoga River was so fouled by industrial pollution that the river caught on fire. Public outcry over dirty rivers spurred Congress to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972. The historic law was designed to protect all of our waters – from the smallest streams to... Read more
Why Healthy Rivers Matter More than Ever
From Mississippi to South Carolina to Georgia, drought and water scarcity have damaged and devastated many communities in the South, as a result of climate change. But climate change won't stop there.