Press Releases

Senate Has Opportunity to Protect Clean Water, Public Health

(Washington, DC) – Every year, more than 860 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage foul America’s waters and threaten public health, but most people have no idea that these spills occur in their local rivers and streams. Today Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) took an important step towards changing that when he reintroduced right-to-know… Read more »

New York State Governor Paterson’s New Executive Order May Put Communities at Risk of Dam Failure

Albany– An Executive Order (EO-17), recently signed by New York’s Governor David Paterson, to relieve property taxes could result in increased dam failures in communities statewide.  Per the order, the critical responsibilities of governmental dam owners may be “unfunded mandates” of questionable community investment.  Stephanie Lindloff, River Restoration Program Director for American Rivers, made the… Read more »

Radio ad by actor Tom Skerritt urges clean water protections for Minnesota’s rivers

Washington, DC — A radio ad by actor Tom Skerritt hit Minnesota airwaves today, urging Senator Amy Klobuchar to support the Clean Water Restoration Act (S.787), which would restore essential protections for Minnesota’s and the nation’s rivers and streams. Download the MP3 file: http://www.americanrivers.org/assets/multimedia-files/tom-skerritt-minnesota-ad.mp3 Skerritt, star of “A River Runs Through It” and other films,… Read more »

Baltimore water main break is example of national water infrastructure problems

Washington, DC – The water main break that flooded downtown Baltimore is an example of broader water infrastructure problems nationwide, American Rivers said today. “Unfortunately, this disaster is part of a larger trend,” said Rebecca Wodder, president of American Rivers. “Our nation’s water infrastructure is in a serious state of disrepair. Whether it is a water… Read more »

Salazar moves to withdraw Bush Administration rule on mountaintop mining

(Washington) — Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar’s move today to withdraw a Bush Administration rule that allows more waste from mountaintop mining to be dumped in or near small streams was applauded by American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization. The Bush Administration’s rule allowed coal mine operators to dump waste into streambeds… Read more »

Conservation Group CEOs Ask Obama Administration to Change Bush Salmon Policy

Washington, DC –The heads of seven major environmental groups today called on the White House to “revisit and substantially improve” Bush administration salmon and dam management policies on the Snake and Columbia rivers.  The letter calls for the Obama administration to consider major changes to federal dam management and river operations “up to and including… Read more »

Salmon restoration event to take place on the Green River on Tuesday, April 28

Greenfield, MA – Over 100,000 young Atlantic salmon will be released by the Massachusetts Division of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Green River on Tuesday, April 28th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Reporters and photographers are invited to view the event. American Rivers staff will be present to discuss long-term restoration… Read more »