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72 Dams removed in 2014

Download the 2014 Dam Removals list [PDF] Download a comprehensive list of dams removed 1998-2014 [PDF] Explore the interactive map of all dam removals (Washington) — Communities in 19 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 72 dams in 2014, restoring more than 730 miles of streams for the… Read more »

Major oil pipeline spill fouls Montana’s Yellowstone River

Yellowstone River | Photo: Robert Hawkins BOZEMAN – For the second time in four years, an oil pipeline has spilled tens of thousands of gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana, contaminating water supplies for local residents and harming valuable fish and wildlife habitat on the longest free-flowing river in the lower… Read more »

Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) announced today by USDA

(Washington) — One hundred innovative conservation projects across the country will benefit from roughly $370 million in funding under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) announced today by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Projects include local efforts to protect critical drinking water supplies, restore salmon habitat, and build the resiliency of rivers and communities… Read more »

American Rivers And Google Maps Launch Yampa River Street View

Washington, DC – Colorado’s Yampa River is the focus of a new Google Maps Street View project launched today in partnership with American Rivers. The imagery showcases the stunning scenery of the Yampa River through Dinosaur National Monument in Northwestern Colorado. The Yampa is one of the last wild rivers in the Colorado River Basin, and is an… Read more »

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 »

American Rivers Announces Three Additions to Board of Directors

(Washington) — American Rivers today announced that three new members were elected to its board of directors. The new directors bring vital experience and passion to American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization. “Clean water and healthy rivers are the biggest conservation issues of our time, and American Rivers is spearheading solutions for rivers… 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 »