Press Releases

Conservation/River Expert Available to Comment on Yellowstone River Oil Spill

Washington, DC – As damage from the Exxon Mobil oil spill into Yellowstone River continues to unfold, the public needs credible information about how and why this spill occurred, what it means for the Yellowstone River, and how we can prevent future spills. American Rivers is the nation’s leading voice fighting for healthy rivers, and… Read more »

American Rivers Appoints New President

American Rivers, the nation’s leading voice for healthy rivers and clean water, announced today that following an extensive six-month search, William Robert (Bob) Irvin, current Senior Vice President for Conservation at Defenders of Wildlife, has been named the new President of American Rivers, succeeding Rebecca Wodder. Irvin will begin as President and CEO on July… Read more »

Endangered River’ victory on the Chicago River

Chicago – American Rivers today announced a major victory for the Chicago River, one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2011. American Rivers commended the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Chicago for acting on the recommendations in the America’s Most Endangered Rivers report and voting to disinfect sewage wastewater, which will significantly improve public… Read more »

Senators Feinstein and Boxer stand up for clean water and river health

Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today applauded Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer for their strong opposition to H.R. 1837, the “San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act,” introduced by Congressman Devin Nunes, which would have devastating impacts on rivers, clean water, and communities. The bill proposes to preempt California state environmental law, override clear scientific… Read more »

Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act of 2011′ Introduced to House and Senate

Washington, DC – American Rivers, the nation’s leading voice for clean water and healthy rivers, today applauded Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Representatives Donna Edwards (D-MD) and Russ Carnahan (D-MO) for introducing the ‘Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act of 2011’ to the Senate and House, respectively. This… Read more »

New Report Calls for Federal Action to Improve Flood Protection, Other Policies in Face of Climate Change

Washington, D.C. – With floodwaters still threatening Mississippi River communities, American Rivers today released a report detailing the policy changes needed to protect communities from floods and other effects of climate change. The report recommends common sense changes to 10 areas of federal policy to better prepare communities for the effects of climate change and… Read more »

Black Warrior River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Birmingham, Ala. —Pollution caused by coal mining near the Black Warrior River has landed the river on the annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ – a report issued by the conservation group American Rivers.  The Black Warrior River and its tributaries are a major drinking water source for Birmingham, Jasper, Cullman and Tuscaloosa. The… Read more »

Susquehanna named Most Endangered River in the Nation

Washington, D.C. – For the second year in a row, the most endangered river in the United States is a victim of natural gas drilling and the environmental hazards associated with hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” according to America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2011. The report, which was released today by American Rivers, is… Read more »

Green River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington – A Canadian corporation recently started exploratory drilling for what could become a 3,000-acre mine near the headwaters of the Green River, despite concerns about the mine’s proximity to the active Mount St. Helens volcano. The threat from a mine to drinking water supplies and the region’s unique ecology has earned the Green River… Read more »

American Rivers Names America’s Most Endangered Rivers(TM) of 2011

Washington, DC – With floodwaters swelling the Mississippi River to historic levels and rivers nationwide at risk from gas drilling, sewage pollution, and other threats, American Rivers today released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™. For the second year in a row, the most endangered river in the United States is a victim… Read more »