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New IPCC Report Doubles Down on Water Crisis

Climate Change & Rivers, Conserving Clean Water
The IPCC report released today is yet another urgent alarm bell, urging us to wake up to the real dangers of climate change that communities across the globe are already experiencing.... Read More

Free Rivers: The State of Dam Removal in the U.S.

Dam Removal, Restoring Damaged Rivers
Removing dams has tremendous benefits for river health, public safety and climate resilience, according to “Free Rivers: The State of Dam Removal in the U.S.,” a report released today by American Rivers.... Read More

25 Dams to Watch in 2022

Dam Removal, Restoring Damaged Rivers
We curated the following list of 25 dam removal projects to highlight opportunities to watch out for in 2022.... Read More

Our Favorite River Songs — A Black History Month Reprise

Discover Rivers, Environmental Justice
As the new Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice, I am excited to engage my arts and humanities background in Black studies and gender studies, and apply it to our exploration of river songs!... Read More

Love Letters to 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