Press Releases

New Report: The Economic Value of Riparian Buffers

American Rivers announces the availability of the report The Economic Value of Riparian Buffers, produced in partnership with the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland. Trees are one of a stream’s best friends. Scientists tell us that “headwater streams are tightly linked to adjacent riparian ecosystems.” These headwater streams, where rivers are born,… Read more »

Major U.S. river systems threatened by drought, water mismanagement

Washington, DC – American Rivers today released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, identifying the 10 most threatened waterways and highlighting the urgent need for conservation, greater efficiency, and better management of water resources to prevent further harm to river health, wildlife, fish and recreation. Fierce competition for water from rivers under ever… Read more »

Susquehanna River Named #3 “Most Endangered”

Background information H.R. 8 fact sheet Susquehanna River listing for America’s Most Endangered Rivers Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named the Susquehanna River number three on its list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2016 today, shining a national spotlight on the impacts of Conowingo Dam and federal legislation that would take away Maryland’s authority to… Read more »

New Agreements Put Klamath Dam Removal on Track for 2020

Washington – The Klamath River is back on a path to restoration, thanks to agreements signed today by the governors of California and Oregon, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, dam owner PacifiCorp, tribes, conservation groups and agricultural interests. The newly amended Klamath Hydropower Settlement Agreement (KHSA) will, upon approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, transfer… Read more »

Big win for the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon

Colorado River in the Grand Canyon | Photo: Phil Rousin Washington – American Rivers applauded the U.S. Forest Service today for acting to protect the sensitive water resources of the Grand Canyon. The agency denied a request by the town of Tusayan for road and utility easements, essentially stopping a major development project that could… Read more »

American Rivers Awards $100,000 in Grants to Connect Communities to Hometown Rivers

Denver, CO – Rivers and communities across the Intermountain West will benefit from a series of grants announced today by American Rivers, a national non-profit river conservation organization. The Connecting Communities to Rivers grant program is providing a total of $100,000 to seven projects that improve family-friendly recreational opportunities and protect rivers and surrounding open… Read more »

62 Dams Removed in 2015, Benefitting Rivers and Communities Nationwide

(Washington) – Communities in 21 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 62 dams in 2015, restoring more than 570 miles of streams for the benefit of fish, wildlife and people. California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina,… Read more »

President’s Veto Protects Clean Drinking Water for Millions of Americans

Washington – American Rivers applauded President Obama today for continuing to lead on clean water and healthy rivers by vetoing the Congressional Resolution to disapprove the Clean Water Rule. Polluters and their allies in Congress have tried to overturn the rule, which closes loopholes that left the drinking water sources of one in three Americans… Read more »

Yakima Basin Integrated Plan legislation advances through U.S. Senate committee

SEATTLE – Today federal legislation to protect and enhance the Yakima River basin’s fisheries, ecosystem and water supply was passed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The passage of S. 1694 – known as The Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project Phase III Act of 2015 — through committee represents a milestone for… Read more »