Press Releases

Connecticut’s Eightmile River Protected Forever

Washington, DC —The Eightmile River will now be protected forever, after being added to the Wild and Scenic River System with a few strokes of President Bush’s pen.  The bill, which was included in a large package of natural resources bills, passed both houses of Congress with overwhelming bipartisan majorities.  “Getting Wild and Scenic protection… Read more »

House Subcommittee Approves Sewage Legislation

Washington, DC — 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 House took an important step towards changing that. The Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee overwhelmingly approved bipartisan legislation that… Read more »

Bush Administration’s Salmon Plan Falls Short

Seattle, WA – The Bush administration today released its revised salmon management plan for the Columbia and Snake rivers. This latest salmon plan calls for less protective operation of federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers than have been ordered in recent years by a federal court. The plan also gives only superficial treatment… Read more »

House Passes Copper Salmon Wilderness Act

Washington, DC — Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Copper Salmon Wilderness Act introduced by Representative Peter DeFazio that would establish the newest Wild and Scenic Rivers and Wilderness in Oregon. The bill would safeguard wild salmon, old-growth forest by designating new Wild and Scenic Rivers and wilderness in the beautiful Elk River… Read more »

Global Warming Places Rivers Across the Nation at Risk

Washington, DC — From water mismanagement in the southeast and southwest, to ill-advised projects in the gulf coast and the nation’s heartland, across the country our nation’s rivers and fresh water resources are at risk. Those risks are only exacerbated by the problems created by global warming. The release of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™: 2008… Read more »

Senate Approves Permanent Protection for Eightmile River

Washington, D.C. — One of the ecological jewels of Connecticut is now one step closer to being protected forever. As part of the larger package of natural resources bills (S.2739), the Senate has voted 91-4 to permanently protect the Eightmile River as a federal Wild and Scenic River. The omnibus bill is expected to be… Read more »

Oregon Treasures Proposal will Protect Clean Water, Rivers

Portland, OR: The drinking water sources and fishing and boating hot spots enjoyed by millions of Oregonians could be permanently protected, thanks to a proposal announced today by Congressmen Peter DeFazio and Earl Blumenauer. The “Oregon Treasures” legislation would forever safeguard rivers and streams on Mount Hood and in the Rogue River basin with Wild… Read more »

Court Decision Reaffirms Obligation to Protect Wild and Scenic Rivers

Seattle, WA: The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco Thursday upheld a 2006 ruling that the National Park Service’s management plan for the Wild and Scenic Merced River in Yosemite National Park does not adequately protect the river. The ruling reaffirms the obligation of river managers to both protect and enhance the… Read more »

EPA Takes Next Step to Veto Yazoo Pumps

Washington, DC — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken the next step towards killing the disastrous Yazoo Pumps project, which would use $220 million federal tax dollars to drain more than 300 square miles of wetlands in Mississippi; an area equal to the size of New York City, including all 5 boroughs. The EPA… Read more »