Press Releases

Appeals court upholds veto of costly, damaging Yazoo Pumps project

Washington, DC - In a victory for clean water, flood protection and taxpayers, a federal appeals court yesterday upheld a 2008 veto by the Environmental Protection Agency of the Yazoo Pumps, a wetlands-destruction project in Mississippi. The Yazoo Pumps, first proposed by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1941, would have cost $220 million in federal… Read more »

American Rivers statement on planned retirement of Congressman Norm Dicks

One of the nation’s strongest champions for clean water and healthy rivers, Washington Congressman Norm Dicks, announced Friday that he will retire from the U. S. House of Representatives at the end of the 112th Congress. The President of American Rivers, Bob Irvin, made the following statement: “Congressman Norm Dicks is a true defender of… Read more »

House greenlights massive bridge over Wild and Scenic St. Croix River

Washington, DC – In a blow to fiscal responsibility and river protections that Americans hold dear, the House of Representatives today voted to allow the construction of a $700 million mega-bridge over the Wild and Scenic St. Croix River. The bill had already passed the Senate. American Rivers and its partners have been fighting the… Read more »

President Obama’s budget calls for new Rivers Initiative

Washington, DC -  American Rivers applauded President Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today for launching a new Rivers Initiative, led by the Department of the Interior, to protect and restore rivers across the country. The President’s 2013 budget prioritizes within the new Rivers Initiative river restoration and recreation projects in all 50 states; the development… Read more »

Report Taps into Innovative Financing to Secure Future for Sustainable Water Infrastructure

RACINE, WI – Innovative financing and pricing flexibility are key to preparing the nation’s aging freshwater systems to handle growing demand and environmental challenges, according to a Charting New Waters report released today by The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, American Rivers and Ceres. The Financing Sustainable Water Infrastructure report, is the product of a meeting… Read more »

Keystone XL pipeline rejection is a major victory for clean water

Washington — The Obama Administration today rejected the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, which would carry oil 2,000 miles from Canada to Texas. The pipeline and its dirty oil would have put clean water sources at serious risk and exacerbated the harmful impacts of global climate change. The pipeline would have crossed major rivers, including the… Read more »

Deny Flaming Gorge pipeline permit, say river businesses and advocates

Denver – The Flaming Gorge pipeline would be far too expensive and would harm the Green River’s world-class recreation and tourism economies, businesses and river advocates said today. American Rivers, American Whitewater, and the Colorado River Outfitters Association called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to deny a private developer’s preliminary permit application for the… Read more »

Hopes Head Upstream for Water in Colorado River

WASHINGTON, DC — The Colorado River basin presents the greatest water management challenges of any river basin in the nation, with ever-expanding demands for multiple water uses, water demand exceeding supply, valued but fragile ecosystems, and support for nearly every type of water-relevant interest. The importance of instream flows – the amount of water flowing… Read more »