Press Releases

Statement on Animas River disaster in Colorado

Credit: Sinjin Eberle (Durango, CO) — As mining waste continues to pour into the Animas River through Durango, Colorado and downstream into the San Juan River and Lake Powell, American Rivers President Bob Irvin issued the following statement: “There are two lessons we must learn from the Animas spill. The first is that we need… Read more »

Three Long-Time River Enthusiasts Join American Rivers Board

(Washington, DC) — American Rivers today announced that three new members, Carrie Besnette Hauser, Jimmy Kimmel, and David Solomon, were elected to its board of directors. The new directors bring deep passion for rivers and strong commitment to the mission of American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization. “Rivers are under threat from complex… Read more »

Major Step Forward for Yakima Basin Water Supply and River Restoration Plan

Upper Cle Elum sockeye salmon | William Meyer, WDFW SEATTLE – A groundbreaking plan to address water supply and river restoration in the Pacific Northwest got a major boost today with the introduction of legislation to help ensure reliable water supplies for fish, farms, and families. The legislation will support efforts to make droughts like… Read more »

Lake Mead Close to the Critical 1075 Elevation

When Lake Mead drops to 1,075ft elevation, The Bureau of Reclamation may reduce water deliveries to Arizona and Nevada. Action and funding is needed now to protect the health of the Colorado River and the Southwest Economy. (Denver) – The 15 year drought gripping the southwestern United States will soon signal increased urgency about the… Read more »

River Organizations Applaud Colorado River Basin Benefits Detailed in New Government Report

Colorado River | Bureau of Land Management DENVER, Colo.– American Rivers and American Whitewater today applauded the Bureau of Reclamation’s new report, “Moving Forward.” The report outlines achievable, common sense solutions that will help protect the 1,450-mile Colorado River for outdoor recreation, wildlife, and water supply for people and agriculture for generations to come. The… Read more »

Proposed Hydropower Legislation Weakens States’, Tribes’ Power to Protect and Restore Local Rivers

Englebright Dam on the Yuba River | Amit Patel (Washington, DC) American Rivers today urged the House Energy and Commerce Committee to reject proposed legislation that would weaken or eliminate current state and federal resource agency authority over hydropower dams while handing increased responsibility for dam management to an already overworked federal commission. This proposed… Read more »

Latino communities embrace connections to Colorado River

DENVER – American Rivers and the Hispanic Access Foundation today announced an exciting partnership to spark a dialogue among tens of thousands of Latinos across the Colorado River basin, where one-third of the nation’s Latinos live and work, about the need for a healthy Colorado River. Starting on Earth Day, April 22, congregations from Denver… Read more »