VIDEO: Improving hydropower dams benefits rivers

Dams hurt rivers. They block a river’s flow and harm water quality, fish and wildlife, and recreational opportunities. In some cases where a dam is outdated, unsafe, or has outlived its usefulness, American Rivers advocates for dam removal. But in many cases, keeping a working hydropower dam in place makes sense. And with some upgrades… Read more »

Water Resources Bill Weakens Environmental Review and Public Comment

Washington, D.C. – The House of Representatives today passed H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act. American Rivers President Bob Irvin stated: “The Water Resources Reform and Development Act traditionally authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct flood management, ecosystem restoration and navigation projects on our nation’s rivers and coasts. Unfortunately,… Read more »

American Rivers response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 “We applaud President Obama for redoubling his commitment to fight climate change, which he noted is already harming communities with more frequent droughts and floods. In California and across the West, where the drought is of historic proportions, and rivers and water supplies are at record lows, the need to fight… Read more »

House passes bill that will harm rivers nationwide

Washington – The House of Representatives voted today to approve a bill that could dry up countless stretches of rivers and harm river restoration efforts nationwide. HR 3189, the so-called “Water Rights Protection Act” passed 238-174. “This bill is terrible news for rivers nationwide. It puts the interests of the oil and gas industry,  corporate… Read more »

American Rivers Kicks Off National River Cleanup® Season

Washington, DC — American Rivers, the nation’s leading voice for healthy rivers and clean water, today announced the 2014 kickoff of National River Cleanup, a program that mobilizes volunteers across the country to clean up trash from local rivers and streams. Thanks to National River Cleanup, more than 1 million volunteers have removed 17 million… Read more »

American Rivers Applauds New EPA Rule On Carbon Pollution

Washington – American Rivers applauded the Obama Administration today for taking a major step in the fight against global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency released a draft proposal to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants. Power plants are responsible for 40 percent of U.S. carbon emissions, a major contributor to global warming. The EPA’s… Read more »

American Rivers Releases Report on Financing Water Infrastructure

Get the report at Washington, DC– With water infrastructure decaying and threatening clean water in cities nationwide, American Rivers today released a report, “Drinking water infrastructure: Who Pays and How” to help water, community, and taxpayer advocates better understand how water utilities finance new infrastructure projects. The report provides important and timely information because… Read more »

Costly and Extreme Bill Would Slow Job Growth, Hurt Business, Harm Communities, and Weaken Environmental Protection

Washington – Congress may be on vacation, but that hasn’t stopped Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) from introducing a bill that outlines a radical and potentially destructive vision for American hydropower—a vision that is at odds with mainstream thinking about hydropower policy. The bill, HR 6247, is designed to muzzle critics of unsafe and environmentally destructive… Read more »

Flood the Hill Week! Call your Senators!

Take Action to Keep Communities Safefrom Floods   Call your Senators today and askthem to pass theFlood Insurance Modernizationand Reform Act. Keep communities safe from floods. Call your Senators today: ask them to pass The Flood Insurance Modernization and Reform Act. At American Rivers we are constantly talking about how climate change will lead to more… Read more »