Press Releases

American Rivers to Host Local Officials on Green Infrastructure Tour

Toledo, OH – Local public officials from Northwest Ohio will join American Rivers staff tomorrow on a tour through Chicago and Milwaukee to show off the cities’ commitments to green infrastructure.  The tour will begin in Chicago at the Center for Green Technology and end at the Johnson’s Park neighborhood in Milwaukee.  “American Rivers is pleased to… Read more »

American Rivers Science Advisor David Montgomery Named a MacArthur Foundation Genius

Seattle, WA - Dr. David Montgomery, a leading geomorphologist and member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, has been named a MacArthur Fellow for 2008. Dr. Montgomery is one of 25 Fellows to receive the prestigious $500,000 “genius” award from the John D. and Catherine T…. Read more »

Senate Committee Approves Sewage Legislation to Safeguard Public Health

Washington, D.C. – What’s in your water?  Every year, more than 860 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage lands in America’s waters, and most people have no idea. Today, lawmakers in the Senate took an important step towards changing that. The Committee on Environment and Public Works overwhelmingly approved legislation that would require the public… Read more »

American Rivers releases plan in the wake of Hurricane Ike

Washington, DC –  With parts of Texas and the Midwest under water from the latest storms, today American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, released a plan,  “A 21st Century Approach to Flood Protection,” to overhaul the nation’s flood response and to help prevent future disasters.  “Our hearts go out to the families and… Read more »

New Report Highlights Economic Benefits of Wild and Scenic Rogue River

Read the report (PDF) Portland, OR – River-based recreation on the Wild and Scenic Rogue River in 2007 generated $9.8 million in direct spending, and $14 million in total economic output, according to a report by ECONorthwest. The report, commissioned by the Save the Wild Rogue Campaign, analyzed the economic impacts that recreation-related spending (including rafting,… Read more »

Vermont’s Missisquoi and Trout Rivers One Step Closer to Permanent Protection

Washington, DC — A bill to study the Missisquoi and Trout Rivers for potential designation as Wild and Scenic Rivers passed the House this evening with bi-partisan support, putting the rivers one step closer to permanent protection in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Located in northwest Vermont, the rivers are important sources of… Read more »

American Rivers and NOAA Award $310,000 to Restore Rivers and Improve Fish Passage

Washington D.C. — Rivers and fisheries nationwide are getting a boost, thanks to a partnership between American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restoration Center. $310,000 in Community-based Habitat Restoration Program Partnership grants were awarded this year to improve fish passage on rivers in five states…. Read more »

EPA Kills Yazoo Pumps in Historic Victory for Environment and Taxpayer

Washington, DC –  In a sweeping victory for clean water, natural flood protection and taxpayers, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today killed the disastrous Yazoo Pumps project, which would have cost $220 million in federal tax dollars and drained up to 200,000 acres of the South’s most precious wetlands (an area equal to the size of… Read more »