Press Releases

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 »

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 »

Statement on the Penobscot River Restoration in Maine

Press Release from the Penobscot River Restoration Trust (PDF) Washington, DC – Today is a historic turning point for the Penobscot River and its communities. It is exciting to enter the next phase of this project one of the most important river restoration efforts our country has ever seen. Rivers are remarkably resilient, and the… Read more »

Farmland Conservation Decision Boosts Natural Flood Protection

Washington, DC – American Rivers praised Secretary Ed Schafer and the U.S. Department of Agriculture today for continuing to protect sensitive lands under the Conservation Reserve Program, a decision that will benefit natural flood protection, help safeguard river communities, and ensure continued benefits for hunting and fishing. Following the devastating Midwest floods in June, American Rivers… Read more »

Taunton River Wild and Scenic Bill Passes House

Washington, DC –  A bill to designate the Taunton River as a Wild and Scenic River passed the House last night with bi-partisan support, putting the Taunton on track to become the fifth Wild and Scenic River in Massachusetts. All ten communities along the river enthusiastically support the designation, which will safeguard the river’s outstanding… Read more »

American Rivers Proposes Agenda to Overhaul Nation’s Flood Response

American Rivers’ Eight Point Plan (PDF)  Washington, DC — As the Midwest continues to recover from June’s devastating floods, American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, today released a national agenda for responding to the floods in a manner that both helps today’s victims and prevents tomorrow’s. “This is the second “500-year flood” in… Read more »

Go Green this Summer: Save Water, Save Money

Toledo, OH — For the second time this year, Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan residents have the opportunity to save money and water by purchasing discounted rain barrels, thanks to a partnership between American Rivers, the Toledo Stormwater Program and The New England Rain Barrel Company. Rain barrels are available at the discounted price of… Read more »