Midwest’s Rivers and Communities to Benefit from New American Rivers OfficeDecember 8th, 2010
Sara Strassman, 608-782-1537
Amy Kober, 503-708-1145
La Crosse, WI – American Rivers announced today that it has opened an office in La Crosse to promote river restoration in the Midwest. The nation’s leading river conservation organization will focus on river restoration through dam removal in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa to help communities realize the clean water, public safety, wildlife, and other benefits of healthy, free-flowing rivers.
“American Rivers has a great deal of expertise and experience in river restoration,” said Rebecca Wodder, president of American Rivers. “Establishing an office in the headwaters states of the Mississippi River, the nation’s largest river basin, will allow us to have a tremendous impact on river health and the lives of tens of thousands of Americans.”
The river restoration work, made possible by generous support from Betty and Whitney MacMillan, will not only address the costs and risks associated with outdated infrastructure, but will also improve the health and water quality of rivers and streams across the Midwest.
“American Rivers has proven that rivers are remarkably resilient, and when given a chance they can thrive again. I look forward to helping Midwestern communities restore their rivers and realize the many benefits healthy rivers offer,” said Sara Strassman, associate director of river restoration for American Rivers.
A healthy river can increase property values, boost local business and recreation opportunities, reduce water pollution, and protect people and property from flooding. But dams and other man-made structures disrupt the natural functions of rivers, leaving many of them lifeless or cut off from their communities. American Rivers is a national leader in removing outdated dams and is the voice for 21st century solutions to help ensure river health and community well-being.