Press Releases

State Court Ruling Clarifies All Georgia Waters Protected by Buffers

Wetlands | Nicholas Tonelli Atlanta, Ga. —The Georgia Court of Appeals sided with conservation groups yesterday and ruled that all state waters are protected under Georgia law by a 25-foot vegetative buffer. The decision overrules the Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s (EPD) policy that only some state waters are protected by the Erosion and Sedimentation Act’s buffer… Read more »

Settlement secures key protections for Catawba-Wateree rivers, ends legal stalemate

Columbia, S.C. - American Rivers, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League announced a settlement agreement with Duke Energy and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control that includes important protections for the Catawba and Wateree rivers and imperiled fish and wildlife. The agreement ends a legal stalemate over… Read more »

Settlement secures key protections for Catawba-Wateree rivers, ends legal stalemate

  Columbia, S.C. – American Rivers, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League announced a settlement agreement with Duke Energy and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control that includes important protections for the Catawba and Wateree rivers and imperiled fish and wildlife. The agreement ends a legal… Read more »

Removal of Dam on Appomattox River to Benefit Native Fish in Virginia

Petersburg, Virginia – Work is underway to remove the Harvell Dam on the Appomattox River—with removal of the concrete spillway scheduled to begin on July 15, 2014. As the first obstruction on the river, the Harvell Dam has long been deemed the most critical fish passage site on the Appomattox and one of the highest… Read more »

American Rivers Statement on New Mexico Drought Bill Introduction

Washington — New Mexico Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today introduced the New Mexico Drought Relief Act of 2014. The bill promotes innovative approaches to water management that will help keep water in rivers to benefit fish and wildlife while supporting rural economies. In addition to initiating a study by the National Academy of… 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 »

USDA Prioritizes Private Lands and Watershed Scale Conservation in Key River Basins

Washington – American Rivers today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service for taking an important step towards restoring rivers and ensuring clean water supplies, while protecting the nation’s working farms and rural economies. NRCS announced its Regional Conservation Partnership Program, a new 2014 Farm Bill conservation program that will invest $1.2… Read more »

Water Resources Bill Brings New Challenges for River Protection

Washington – The Senate voted today to approve HR 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA). The bill, which President Obama is expected to sign, makes major changes to how Army Corps of Engineers water projects are reviewed under cornerstone environmental laws. “WRRDA is a mixed bag for rivers,” said Bob… Read more »

Legislation introduced to authorize Klamath River Restoration Agreements

Klamath River, CA | USFS (Washington) — One of the nation’s biggest river restoration efforts will get a major boost today thanks to Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introducing legislation to authorize the Klamath River Restoration Agreements. The legislation authorizes agreements that resolve… Read more »