Press Releases

American Rivers applauds confirmation of Michael Connor as Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior

Washington — American Rivers today applauded the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Michael Connor as Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior. The President of American Rivers, Bob Irvin, made the following statement: “The confirmation of Michael Connor as Deputy Secretary of the Interior is great news for our nation’s rivers and all of the… Read more »

American Rivers Statement on HR 3492, The River Paddling Protection Act

American Rivers opposes H.R. 3492, the River Paddling Protection Act. This bill, as amended, would lift the National Park Service’s longstanding ban on paddling on most waters in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, effective three years from the date of enactment. The Park Service would have those three years to develop a new set of… Read more »

51 Dams Removed to Restore Rivers in 2013

Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 or Devin Dotson, 202-243-7066 Washington, D.C. — Communities in 18 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 51 dams in 2013, American Rivers announced today. Outdated or unsafe dams came out of rivers in Alabama, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North… Read more »

Drought Bill Would Do More Harm Than Good Statement Of Bob Irvin, President Of American Rivers

Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington – The House of Representatives today will consider H.R. 3964, legislation that waives critical clean water and river safeguards in California, slashes endangered species protections, and unravels key river protection and restoration agreements such as the San Joaquin River Settlement Act. The president of American Rivers, Bob Irvin, made the… Read more »

American Rivers response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 “We applaud President Obama for redoubling his commitment to fight climate change, which he noted is already harming communities with more frequent droughts and floods. In California and across the West, where the drought is of historic proportions, and rivers and water supplies are at record lows, the need to fight… Read more »

Statement from American Rivers President Bob Irvin on the Freedom Industries Chemical Spill into the Elk River

For more information, contact: Devin Dotson, Associate Director, Communications (202) 243-7066 Statement of American Rivers’ President Bob Irvin: “We support the communities that depend on the Elk River for their drinking water and call upon all citizens, industry, and state officials to protect this vital resource. The recent spill of coal-processing chemicals into the Elk… Read more »

Groups to EPA: Science Confirms Importance of Streams and Wetlands

Small Stream in Alabama | Lana Dotson Washington, DC – Environmental, public health conservation, and wildlife groups applaud the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for seeking scientists’ input on how streams and wetlands affect the health of larger bodies, and urged EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to finalize a strong rule to protect… Read more »

American Rivers Expresses Appreciation for Senator Wyden’s Effort Drafting O&C Lands Bill, Urges Changes before Bill Is Introduced

Statement of American Rivers’ President Bob Irvin: Today Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) released a legislative discussion draft of a bill that, if enacted, would govern the management of 2.2 million acres of high value public forest lands in Oregon. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management and known as the Oregon and California (“O &… Read more »

Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act Introduced to House and Senate

Washington, DC – American Rivers, the nation’s leading voice for clean water and healthy rivers, today applauded Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD) for introducing the ‘Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2013’ in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House. Senator Udall and Representative Edwards’ bill builds on the growing momentum across the… Read more »