American Rivers

Rivers Connect Us

American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 200,000 members, supporters, and volunteers.

Through our river conservation work we are ensuring clean drinking water supplies, revitalizing fish and wildlife, improving recreation, and leaving a legacy of healthy rivers for future generations.

    The Important Places

    The Important Places by Forest Woodward & Brendan Leonard

    Short film about the connection between a father and son, and the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The film explores the growth of these two men, through different stages of their lives, and how the thread woven between them, the Colorado River, brought them back the most important place of all.

What We Are Working On

By focusing our efforts on the issues below, American Rivers is making a significant impact on the health of rivers and communities nationwide. We are ensuring clean water supplies, revitalizing fish and wildlife habitat, improving recreation, and leaving a legacy of healthy rivers for generations to come.

Water Polution

We are working with communities to stop polluted runoff and sewage spills, making our rivers and streams safer for for drinking, swimming, fishing and boating. Learn More »

Protecting Water Supplies

American Rivers helps communities secure reliable and predictable supplies of clean water. And we work to protect the water flowing in rivers, so that it can continue to nourish our communities for years to come. Learn More »

Dams & Hydropower

American Rivers is the national leader in removing outdated and unsafe dams, and improving the operations of hydropower dams. Learn More »

River Cleanups

Since 1991, National River Cleanup has offered support to individuals and organizations interested in conducting a cleanup on their local river. Learn More »

Rivers and Climate Change

The impacts of climate change will hit rivers first and worst, in the form of increased droughts, floods, and waterborne diseases. We are helping communities build resilience in the face of these impacts, with healthy rivers as their strongest defense. Learn More »


We are helping communities improve their flood protection and boost river health. Learn More »

Blue Trails

American Rivers is creating blue trails across the country to help people discover rivers and provide connections between urban and rural communities and the great outdoors. Learn More »

Wild and Scenic Rivers

American Rivers fights to protect our nation’s last, best free-flowing rivers with Wild and Scenic River designations. Learn More »

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