Press Releases

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 »

Climate change causing many rivers worldwide to shrink

(Washington, DC) Many of the world’s rivers are losing water and in many cases, climate change is to blame, according to the findings of a new global study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The results, to be published May 15 in the American Meteorological Society’s Journal of Climate, also reveal that future food… Read more »

Stimulus Funds to Speed Timeline for Elwha Dam Removal

(Seattle, WA) – Removal of two dams on Washington’s Elwha River will begin no later than 2011, thanks to $54 million in federal economic recovery funds that American Rivers advocated for. The dam removal, which will be the largest in the nation’s history, was scheduled to begin in 2012. The funds will go toward preliminary… Read more »

American Rivers names Brett Swift as Northwest regional director

(Washington, DC) — American Rivers announced today that Brett Swift is the new director of the Northwest regional office. American Rivers, headquartered in Washington, DC, has offices in Seattle and Portland and has played a lead role in Pacific Northwest river conservation efforts since 1992. “Brett has delivered many important victories for the Northwest’s rivers,”… Read more »