Press Releases

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 »

California groups blast bill that strips state’s authority to protect rivers

Read the California conservation groups’ letter opposing HR8 Read the State of California’s letter opposing HR8 (Sacramento, CA) – Ten California conservation organizations today joined the State Water Control Board in voicing serious concerns over legislation that puts hydropower dam owners’ profits before clean water protections and the state’s authority. A new amendment by Reps…. Read more »

New Grant Program Helps Intermountain West Communities Connect to Rivers

Denver, CO – Today American Rivers announced the creation of a new grant program to benefit rivers and the communities served by them throughout the Intermountain West. The Connecting Communities to Rivers grant program will provide financial support for projects that connect communities in the Intermountain West to their rivers by improving family-friendly recreational opportunities… Read more »

Statement on Animas River disaster in Colorado

Credit: Sinjin Eberle (Durango, CO) — As mining waste continues to pour into the Animas River through Durango, Colorado and downstream into the San Juan River and Lake Powell, American Rivers President Bob Irvin issued the following statement: “There are two lessons we must learn from the Animas spill. The first is that we need… Read more »

Three Long-Time River Enthusiasts Join American Rivers Board

(Washington, DC) — American Rivers today announced that three new members, Carrie Besnette Hauser, Jimmy Kimmel, and David Solomon, were elected to its board of directors. The new directors bring deep passion for rivers and strong commitment to the mission of American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization. “Rivers are under threat from complex… Read more »

Major Step Forward for Yakima Basin Water Supply and River Restoration Plan

Upper Cle Elum sockeye salmon | William Meyer, WDFW SEATTLE – A groundbreaking plan to address water supply and river restoration in the Pacific Northwest got a major boost today with the introduction of legislation to help ensure reliable water supplies for fish, farms, and families. The legislation will support efforts to make droughts like… Read more »

Lake Mead Close to the Critical 1075 Elevation

When Lake Mead drops to 1,075ft elevation, The Bureau of Reclamation may reduce water deliveries to Arizona and Nevada. Action and funding is needed now to protect the health of the Colorado River and the Southwest Economy. (Denver) – The 15 year drought gripping the southwestern United States will soon signal increased urgency about the… Read more »