Press Releases

Stimulus funding can improve public health, clean water in Oregon

(Washington, DC) – Oregon is ready to take a big step forward into the 21st century.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has made available $15 million in funding in the form of a set-aside for green infrastructure, and water and energy efficiency projects.  American Rivers conducted a quick survey around the country… Read more »

American Rivers Calls on Michigan to Invest Stimulus Dollars Wisely to Protect Clean Water, Public Health

(Washington, DC) – The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has provided Michigan with an extraordinary opportunity to invest in clean water, public health, and improved water supplies, while creating good jobs.  $48 million in dedicated funding for green infrastructure projects is now available in Michigan, and American Rivers called on state leaders today… Read more »

National Flood Safety Awareness Week Begins Today

Washington DC- As National Flood Safety Awareness Week kicks off today, American Rivers called on recipients of federal stimulus funding to eliminate a serious flood risk to many communities across the country – unsafe dams.  Communities and the environment benefit from the removal of unsafe and obsolete dams.    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes… Read more »

Americans for Smart Natural Catastrophe Policy

 (Washington, DC) – The Sierra Club, American Rivers and Taxpayers for Common Sense, all members of the Americans for Smart Natural Catastrophe Policy, today opposed legislation introduced this year by Representative Gene Taylor (D-Miss) which would add wind insurance coverage to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). According to these groups, the Taylor bill (H.R…. Read more »

Omnibus Public Lands Package meets Opposition in the House

Washington, DC – The House of Representatives rejected legislation today that would have included the second largest Wild and Scenic package in history. The House voted on S. 22, the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, under a suspension of the rules. Unfortunately, the bill was defeated 282-144, just two votes shy of the… Read more »

Congress Takes Big Step Forward 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, lawmakers in the House took an important step towards changing that. The Committee on Transportation and… Read more »

American Rivers Launches National River Cleanup 2009

Washington, DC — American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, today announced the kickoff of its 2009 National River Cleanup season. Since 1992, hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the country have participated to clean up thousands of tons of trash on America’s rivers and streams. Last year American Rivers sponsored the most successful… Read more »

Clean Water Restoration Act Will Protect Our Nation’s Waters

Washington, D.C. – More than 160 leading freshwater scientists and engineers sent a letter yesterday to President Obama urging his support for the Clean Water Restoration Act.  This legislation is urgently needed to ensure that Clean Water Act protections are provided to the nation’s vast array of headwater streams and wetlands; waters that are critical for… Read more »

The Maxwell Pond Dam on Black Brook to be Removed

Manchester, NH — The City of Manchester is taking an important step toward fostering a more resilient community this week as construction begins on the removal of the Maxwell Pond Dam on Black Brook. Reporters are invited to view the removal of the spillway and talk to dam removal experts on Monday, March 2 (details… Read more »

Group targets flawed federal levee policies in Puget Sound

Read the 60-day Notice (PDF) Seattle – An Army Corps of Engineers policy to remove trees and other vegetation from levees on Puget Sound area rivers jeopardizes endangered salmon and may compromise flood protection, American Rivers said today in a 60-day notice of intent to sue letter to the Corps. American Rivers urged the Corps… Read more »