Press Releases

American Rivers and Partners Celebrate Congaree River Blue Trail National Recreation Trail Designation with Ceremonial Paddle

Congaree River Blue Trail guide available online at http://congareeriverbluetrail.blogspot.com/ Columbia, S.C. — American Rivers and its Congaree River Blue Trail partners hosted a celebration today marking the one year anniversary of the dedication of the Congaree River Blue Trail and its recent designation as a National Recreation Trail. The celebration consisted of a ceremonial paddle… Read more »

Sewage Right-to-Know Bill Passes House of Representatives

Washington D.C. – For far too long, Americans have been kept in the dark about the steady stream of untreated sewage that pollutes our rivers and lakes. Today, thanks to Congressman Tim Bishop (D-NY) and Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), that could change. Lawmakers in the House of Representatives passed a landmark bill requiring sewage treatment… Read more »

Tom’s of Maine River Stories Video Contest Seeks to Inspire Others

Kennebunk, ME — Inspire others to make a difference by entering the Tom’s of Maine River Stories Video Contest. As environmental concerns continue to rise, it becomes increasingly important to maintain the cleanliness of our nation’s rivers. In 2007, Tom’s of Maine pledged $1 million over five years to help support American Rivers and River… Read more »

Congress Moves to Safeguard the Wild Rogue River and Other Oregon Treasures

Portland, OR - Tributaries of the lower Rogue River and other recreational hotspots in western Oregon will be permanently protected by the “Oregon Treasures” legislation introduced today by Representatives Peter DeFazio and Earl Blumenauer and Senator Ron Wyden. The legislation will protect 143 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers in the lower Rogue River watershed, an… Read more »

New Salmon Plan Fails to Address Effects of Dams, Global Warming

View global warming map (PDF) WASHINGTON, DC – Today a coalition of environmental and fishing organizations, including American Rivers, sued the National Marine Fisheries Service over the 2008 Biological Opinion, or Salmon Plan, on the Columbia and Snake river dams. The new Salmon Plan is the third attempt by NMFS in eight years to submit a… Read more »

American Rivers Responds to Disastrous Midwest Floods

Washington, DC As flood waters continue to inundate Midwest communities, American Rivers today called on its activists and members across the country to support relief efforts. Rebecca Wodder, president of American Rivers, made the following statement: “The images and stories are simply devastating. Our hearts go out to the families and communities of the Upper… Read more »

Hydropower Dams Won’t Fix Warming World

Read a copy of the testimony (PDF) Washington, DC – Hydropower dams aren’t a “silver bullet” when it comes to fighting global warming, and healthy rivers will become increasingly valuable to wildlife and human communities in a warming world, American Rivers said today in testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Water and Power Subcommittee. In… Read more »

California Rivers Near Wild and Scenic Protection

Washington, DC — Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to protect 31 miles of California’s rivers as federal Wild and Scenic Rivers and 190,000 acres of wilderness.  The California Desert and Mountain Heritage Act (H.R. 3682), sponsored by Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) designates the following four rivers as Wild and Scenic: Bautista… Read more »

Congaree Blue Trail Honored with National Recreation Trail Designation

Columbia, SC – Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced today that the Congaree River Blue Trail will join the prestigious list of National Recreation Trails. The designation will bring a host of benefits as well as increased visibility and funding to the Congaree River. The Congaree River Blue Trail, celebrating its one-year anniversary, is… Read more »

Climate Security Act Protects Rivers and Communities

Washington, DC – American Rivers today urged the Senate to strengthen and pass the Boxer-Lieberman-Warner Substitute to the Climate Security Act (S. 3036), a bill that would significantly reduce harmful greenhouse gases and increase investments that will help rivers and communities be more resilient in the face of climate change. Read the letter, signed by Rebecca… Read more »