Press Releases

American Rivers’ 21st century water solutions highlighted at Congressional hearing in Philadelphia

Philadelphia – Building on recent success securing an unprecedented $6 billion for clean water and green infrastructure in the federal economic recovery package, American Rivers testified today at a Congressional Field Hearing in Philadelphia to demonstrate how 21st century clean water solutions can benefit communities and local economies. The hearing, Vibrant Communities, Healthy Waters, and Job… Read more »

Water Infrastructure Financing Act Passes Senate Committee

Washington, DC — American Rivers today applauded the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for passing the Water Infrastructure Financing Act (S.1005), a bill the nation’s leading river conservation organization says is a step toward bringing America’s water infrastructure into the 21st century, despite falling short in key areas. American Rivers praised the Environment and… Read more »

Positive News for Nation’s #2 Most Endangered River

Atlanta — In a positive move for the Flint River, named the second Most Endangered River in the nation by American Rivers in April because of the threat of new dams, the National Fish Habitat Action Plan today designated the Flint as one of ten “Waters to Watch”. The designation could bring funding for key… Read more »

Water Infrastructure Financing Act is Step in Right Direction for Clean Water

(Washington, DC) – American Rivers today applauded the Senate introduction of the Water Infrastructure Financing Act, a bill the nation’s leading river conservation organization says is an important step toward bringing America’s water infrastructure into the 21st century, despite falling short in key areas. American Rivers praised senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), James… Read more »

Washington D.C. Water Main Break is Example of National Water Infrastructure Problems

Washington, DC – The water main break that flooded southern Adams Morgan 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… Read more »

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 »