Washington – Commenting on today’s announcement that Ken Salazar will step down as Secretary of the Interior by the end of March, Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers, made the following statement:
“Secretary Salazar has been a true champion for protecting and restoring rivers and his leadership will be missed by everyone who cares about healthy, free-flowing rivers.”
“Secretary Salazar has left an impressive legacy. From the Connecticut River to the Congaree in South Carolina, from the Crown of the Continent in Montana to the Penobscot in Maine, future generations will enjoy healthy free-flowing rivers, thanks to Secretary Salazar’s hard work, vision, and leadership.”
“The work to protect and restore America’s rivers is not finished, however. The next Secretary of the Interior should continue the work begun by Secretary Salazar to remove obsolete and unsafe dams, establish blue trails on our rivers to promote recreation and grow local economies, and assist communities in protecting and restoring their rivers.”
American Rivers is the leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams. Rivers connect us to each other, nature, and future generations. Since 1973, American Rivers has fought to preserve these connections, helping protect and restore more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual release of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 100,000 supporters, members, and volunteers nationwide. Visit www.americanrivers.org, www.facebook.com/americanrivers and www.twitter.com/americanrivers.