Press Releases

Congressman Polis Acts to Save Rivers

Washington – Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) took a bold step today to protect rivers in Colorado and across the nation by removing his support for H.R. 3189, the so-called “Water Rights Protection Act.” The House of Representatives will vote on the bill on Thursday. The bill, which is being pushed by the National Ski Areas… Read more »

EPA takes step toward protecting world’s largest salmon fishery from harmful mine

Statement of Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers The Environmental Protection Agency today announced a process that could lead to prohibiting industrial mining in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The agency is invoking its Clean Water Act authority to assess whether to prohibit or restrict waste disposal from the proposed Pebble Mine into Alaska’s pristine Bristol Bay… Read more »

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 Outdated or unsafe dams came out of rivers in Alabama, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North… Read more »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

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 River, contaminating the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of… 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 »