Press Releases

American Rivers Applauds New EPA Rule On Carbon Pollution

Washington – American Rivers applauded the Obama Administration today for taking a major step in the fight against global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency released a draft proposal to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants. Power plants are responsible for 40 percent of U.S. carbon emissions, a major contributor to global warming. The EPA’s… Read more »

USDA Prioritizes Private Lands and Watershed Scale Conservation in Key River Basins

Washington – American Rivers today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service for taking an important step towards restoring rivers and ensuring clean water supplies, while protecting the nation’s working farms and rural economies. NRCS announced its Regional Conservation Partnership Program, a new 2014 Farm Bill conservation program that will invest $1.2… Read more »

Water Resources Bill Brings New Challenges for River Protection

Washington – The Senate voted today to approve HR 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA). The bill, which President Obama is expected to sign, makes major changes to how Army Corps of Engineers water projects are reviewed under cornerstone environmental laws. “WRRDA is a mixed bag for rivers,” said Bob… Read more »

Legislation introduced to authorize Klamath River Restoration Agreements

Klamath River, CA | USFS (Washington) — One of the nation’s biggest river restoration efforts will get a major boost today thanks to Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introducing legislation to authorize the Klamath River Restoration Agreements. The legislation authorizes agreements that resolve… Read more »

American Rivers Kicks Off National River Cleanup® Season

Washington, DC — American Rivers, the nation’s leading voice for healthy rivers and clean water, today announced the 2014 kickoff of National River Cleanup, a program that mobilizes volunteers across the country to clean up trash from local rivers and streams. Thanks to National River Cleanup, more than 1 million volunteers have removed 17 million… Read more »

San Francisquito Creek Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014

www.americanrivers.org/SanFrancisquito Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named San Francisquito Creek among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014 today, shining a national spotlight on the impact Stanford University’s antiquated Searsville Dam is having on the health of the creek and its fish and wildlife. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save… Read more »

Middle Mississippi River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014

www.americanrivers.org/Mississippi Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named the Middle Mississippi River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014 today, shining a national spotlight on the threat a new levee at the New Madrid Floodway poses to wildlife habitat and downstream flood safety. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save rivers… Read more »

Upper Colorado River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014

www.americanrivers.org/UpperColorado Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named the Upper Colorado River Basin among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014 today, shining a national spotlight on the need for Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to prevent new water diversions and instead prioritize river protection and water conservation measures in the state water plan. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers… Read more »

South Fork Edisto River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014

www.americanrivers.org/Edisto Washington, D.C. – American Rivers named the South Fork Edisto River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014 today, shining a national spotlight on excessive withdrawals that take too much water out of the river, threatening river health and downstream water users. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to… Read more »