Press Releases

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

Representative Edwards’ bill is an important step forward in addressing polluted stormwater runoff by prioritizing smart stormwater management strategies that work with the natural landscape to infiltrate and reuse rainwater where it falls to protect our clean water supplies. By providing opportunities and establishing mechanisms for communities to pursue green infrastructure solutions, this approach can… Read more »

STOPS Runoff Act of 2011′ Introduced to Senate

Washington, DC – American Rivers, the nation’s leading voice for clean water and healthy rivers, today applauded Senator Cardin for taking a stand to address the pervasive problem of polluted runoff from roads and highways. American Rivers urged swift passage of the Safe Treatment of Polluted Runoff Act of 2011. “Senator Cardin’s bill is a… Read more »

Record Mississippi River Flooding Sparks Call for Comprehensive Management

–Press Release by Mississippi River Network, of which American Rivers is a member– On May 2, 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blew up a levee on the Mississippi River to prevent serious flooding damage downriver in Cairo, Illinois. Maj. Gen. Michael J. Walsh, commander of the Mississippi Valley Division of the Corps, ordered… Read more »

Potomac Highlands Implementation Grants Now Available

Washington, DC – American Rivers is seeking proposals for a variety of projects aimed at protecting and restoring the Potomac Highlands, the headwaters of the river that flows through our nation’s capital, as part of its partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency.  These grants are designed to provide support for local communities in Maryland, Pennsylvania,… Read more »

Obama Administration Acts to Improve Protections for Clean Drinking Water

Washington, DC – The small streams and wetlands that provide drinking water for millions of Americans will remain protected, thanks to draft guidance released today by the Environmental Protection Agency. This guidance reaffirms the intent of the Clean Water Act to protect these critical waters after the uncertainty created by two Supreme Court decisions. American… Read more »

On Gulf oil spill anniversary, major spill threatens clean water in PA

Washington, DC – On the one year anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, another industry disaster is contaminating streams and threatening water supplies in Pennsylvania. A natural gas well blew out during hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) operations overnight, sending thousands of gallons of frack fluid – containing hazardous chemicals, some potentially… Read more »

American Rivers Kicks Off 20th Anniversary of National River Cleanup(TM)

Washington, DC — American Rivers, the nation’s leading voice for healthy rivers and clean water, today announced the kickoff of National River Cleanup™, now in its 20th year. The program, which mobilizes hundreds of thousands of volunteers to pick up trash from rivers nationwide, is poised for its most successful year to date. Millions of… Read more »

American Rivers selected as Aveda’s Regional Earth Month partner

Washington, DC – American Rivers, the nation’s leading  organization fighting to protect and restore rivers, will benefit from funds raised by Aveda stores, salons, and institutes  across the mid-Atlantic region during Earth Month.  Participating Aveda locations in DC, DE, MD, and VA are launching a variety of events, from cut-a-thons, and wine tastings, to ‘tip’… Read more »

Sewage spill in TN is example of national clean water threat

Washington, DC -  A massive sewage spill in Tennessee Tuesday killed two workers and sent millions of gallons of sewage into the Little Pigeon River, which flows through Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Katherine Baer, senior director of the clean water program at American Rivers, made the following statement: “This accident is a tragedy and our hearts… Read more »