Press Releases

American Rivers Supports Designating Molalla River as Wild and Scenic

Washington – American Rivers and the Molalla River Alliance today applauded Representative Kurt Schrader for introducing new legislation that will protect 22 miles and approximately 7,000 acres of riverside land along the Molalla River in Oregon’s Willamette Valley through Wild and Scenic River designation.   “The Molalla River is known for its awe-inspiring beauty and many… Read more »

Clean up a River for National Rivers Month

Washington, DC — June is National Rivers Month and, to commemorate it, American Rivers is encouraging Americans to celebrate their local rivers by participating in or organizing a river cleanup. Hundreds of river cleanups across the country are scheduled during June and throughout the year. Volunteers can find a nearby river cleanup or information and… Read more »

South Carolina Takes Step to Protect Clean Water, Public Health

Columbia, SC — 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. Last month, thanks to the advocacy of American Rivers and our partners, the South Carolina General Assembly… Read more »

Wateree Blue Trail Dedication Ceremony This Saturday, June 6

Columbia – The Wateree Blue Trail Dedication will take place this Saturday, June 6, on National Trails Day.  Speakers include South Carolina State Senator Vincent A. Sheheen and other community leaders. Reporters are invited to attend the dedication and an inaugural paddle immediately following the dedication (details are at the end of this release). This… Read more »

American Rivers hosts 6th annual River Action Day on Capitol Hill

Washington, DC —  River advocates from 25 states will join American Rivers tomorrow on Capitol Hill to send a strong message to Congress about the importance of healthy rivers to communities, and the need to strengthen and pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act (HR 2454) sponsored by Congressmen Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Ed… Read more »

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 »