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Wm. Robert Irvin
Wm. Robert Irvin is president of American Rivers. Photo by Krista Schlyer.

Entries by Wm. Robert Irvin

Snail Darter Politics

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 2:51 PM

As California is enduring the worst drought in its history, some politicians are blaming it all on federal and state environmental laws that protect fish and wildlife and the rivers they depend on for survival. And, as predictably as...

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Inspired by California's Rivers

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 3:41 PM


Mark Dubois and Bob Irvin | © Elizabeth Soderstrom

On a recent float trip down California’s Tuolumne River, organized by the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California Davis, I had the pleasure of meeting one...

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American Rivers: Celebrating 40 Years

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 4:48 PM

Recently, at a dinner celebrating the 40th anniversary of American Rivers, I conducted an armchair conversation with three of our founders, Brent Blackwelder, Charles Clusen, and Rafe Pomerance (Watch the full conversation).  It was fascinating to hear what inspired these three men, along with other dedicated conservationists, to...

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Colorado River Is #1 Endangered River in the Country

(3) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 11:42 AM

It is hard to believe that the Colorado River that charges through famous rapids in the Grand Canyon is the same river that dries to a trickle before meeting the sea in Mexico. But we place many demands on this river which flows for more than 1,400 miles across seven...

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Fiscal Cliff Spending Cuts Threaten Rivers and Clean Water

(5) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 7:55 PM

This holiday season, instead of visions of sugar plums dancing in my head, like many people in Washington and around the nation, I’m having nightmares about plunging over a cliff, the fiscal cliff.  Unless President Obama and Congress reach a deal before the end of the year to avert taking...

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Three Lessons From Superstorm Sandy

(2) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 1:23 PM

For those still suffering the immediate effects of Superstorm Sandy -- and facing the onset of winter -- talk of rebuilding is an abstraction, and the task at hand remains the swift restoration of basic services and assistance for those in need. It will take many years and billions of dollars...

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The Clean Water Act Turns 40

(3) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 10:32 AM

As a child, I spent most of my summers with my grandparents in eastern Kentucky. My mother grew up there, on a small farm tucked away in the mountains. When she was a child, she would spend many summer days splashing in nearby Acup Creek, a tributary of the Kentucky...

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River Restoration Progress Threatened by Extreme Bill

(3) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 9:15 AM

Communities nationwide are benefiting from efforts to removed unsafe, outdated dams and restore river health. In the U.S., more than 1,100 dams that have outlived their usefulness have been taken down over the past 100 years. The United States is the global leader in river restoration through dam removal.

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Extreme Drought and its Challenges to the U.S.'s Clean Water Supply

(1) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 11:28 AM

This summer we are suffering through one of the worst droughts in the last half century. As of late June, over 55 percent of the country was experiencing moderate to extreme drought. The map below illustrates the drought’s far-reaching impacts. While the most extreme effects are being felt...

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Ten Most Endangered Rivers of 2012 (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 10:54 AM

With Congress considering bills that would turn back the clock on 40 years of progress under the Clean Water Act, and rivers nationwide facing threats from natural gas drilling, pollution, and new dams, American Rivers today released its annual list of America's Most Endangered Rivers.

American Rivers named...

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