Press Releases

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– The small streams and wetlands that provide drinking water for millions of Americans will remain protected, thanks to draft guidance released today by the Environmental Protection Agency.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 »

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 »

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 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 »

American Rivers releases report on 21st century flood protection solutions

Washington, DC – As heavy rains swell rivers across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, American Rivers today released a report stressing the urgent need for flood protection solutions that safeguard communities and save taxpayer dollars. The report, “Natural Defenses: Safeguarding Communities from Floods,” calls on Congress and the Obama Administration to prioritize river restoration and protection and… Read more »

Rep. Bachmann’s St. Croix freeway earmark bill would burden taxpayers, harm river heritage

Washington, DC - Rep. Michele Bachmann introduced a bill today that would burden taxpayers with an unnecessarily costly bridge while damaging one of our country’s national river treasures. Rep. Bachmann’s bill would create a loophole that strips the Lower St. Croix National Scenic Riverway of its Wild and Scenic River protections, allowing the immense, freeway-style bridge… Read more »

New EPA $1.8 million grant program to restore and protect rivers, forests, and clean water throughout Potomac Highlands region

Washington, DC – Rivers and communities throughout parts of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia stand to benefit from a $1.8 million grant announced today by American Rivers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA’s grant program will help protect and restore the Potomac Highlands, the headwaters of the river that flows through our nation’s… Read more »

The most anti-environmental piece of legislation in history

Just after 4:30 a.m. this past Saturday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed arguably the most anti-environmental piece of legislation in history.  H.R. 1, which would fund the government through the rest of federal Fiscal Year 2011, eviscerates programs that protect our drinking water, clean up polluted rivers, and safeguard land and wildlife for future generations…. Read more »