Press Releases

Court ruling is a win for healthy rivers, salmon, and communities

Portland – A ruling today by federal Judge James A. Redden delivered a major victory for the Columbia and Snake rivers, imperiled salmon and steelhead runs, and Northwest communities. American Rivers, a plaintiff in the long-standing case, applauded the ruling that opens the door to comprehensive solutions surrounding dam operations and salmon recovery. Judge Redden… Read more »

Latest attack on clean, safe water passes the House

Washington, DC – The House of Representatives today voted to turn back the clock 40 years on clean water protections, in one of the most sweeping attacks on clean, safe water in our nation’s history. American Rivers and our partners have led the charge against this bill, and in support of clean water protections for… Read more »

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 »

Bristol Bay Rivers among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Bristol Bay, Alaska – The rivers and tributaries of Bristol Bay, home to the world’s largest run of wild sockeye salmon, are threatened by what would be North America’s largest open pit mine.  The damage to tribes, clean water, wildlife and the fishing industry that would result from this mine has landed Bristol Bay on… Read more »