Press Releases

Major river protection package advances in Congress

New protections for rivers in Colorado, Delaware, Montana, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Washington Washington – Seven rivers in five states are one step closer to permanent Wild and Scenic protection thanks to a package of bills that the House of Representatives approved today.  It is the first time in five years that the House has… Read more »

Coalition Collects More Than 800,000 Comments Supporting Clean Water Rule

West Walker Headwaters Meadow Restoration | Jacob Dyste WASHINGTON, DC – Following the end of the comment period last week, a coalition of environmental groups including the League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council, Clean Water Action, Environment America, Southern Environmental Law Center, Sierra Club and American Rivers announced today that they’ve collected more… Read more »

Positive Step for Klamath River Legislation

Klamath River, CA | Scott Harding (Nevada City, CA) – Legislation to restore the Klamath River and its salmon runs moved forward today, with the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approving S. 2379 on a bipartisan vote. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced the legislation… Read more »

Disappearing Rio Grande Expedition

Rio Grande Gorge, NM | Laszlo Ilyes Washington – American Rivers President Bob Irvin will join the “Disappearing Rio Grande” Expedition in Big Bend National Park on Monday to draw attention to the importance of the river and the impact climate change is having on rivers and water resources across the West. The Disappearing Rio Grande… Read more »

Feds revoke operating license for hydropower dam on Ocmulgee River

Ocmulgee River, GA | Phillip Jordan (Washington) – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission late last week revoked the operating license of Eastern Hydroelectric Corporation for the East Juliette hydropower dam located on the Ocmulgee River, but failed to require dam removal as recommended by American Rivers and Altamaha Riverkeeper. American Rivers urged federal fisheries managers… Read more »

Schedule Proposed for Fixing Buckley Dam

NMFS announces long-awaited plans to prevent annual White River fish kills Buckley Dam fish kill | White Noise Productions Seattle, Wash.  — The National Marine Fisheries Service today released its official report, known as a biological opinion, on the Army Corps of Engineers’ Buckley Dam.  The report lays out a path for bringing the outdated… Read more »

American Rivers thanks Assistant Secretary Anne Castle for her dedication to the health of the nation’s rivers

Colorado River Mountains | Pete McBride Washington, DC –- Upon her departure from the Department of the Interior, American Rivers today thanked Assistant Secretary Anne Castle for her dedication to protecting the health of the nation’s rivers. The President of American Rivers, Bob Irvin, made the following statement: “As Assistant Secretary for Water and Science,… Read more »

Statement on Rep. Steve Daines’ East Rosebud Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

East Rosebud Creek | Scott Bosse “American Rivers commends Rep. Steve Daines for introducing legislation to permanently protect East Rosebud Creek as a Wild and Scenic River. It’s what local residents have long wanted, and it’s what this spectacular waterway deserves. By designating East Rosebud Creek as Montana’s first new Wild and Scenic River since… Read more »

Media availability: Toledo drinking water solutions

In the wake of Toledo’s drinking water crisis, American Rivers announced that Katie Rousseau, Director of Clean Water Supply for the Great Lakes Region, is available for media interviews to discuss clean water supply solutions. American Rivers is a national non-profit river conservation organization working to protect healthy rivers, restore damaged rivers, and conserve clean… Read more »