Press Releases

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 »

Restored Flows Boost Health of North Fork Skokomish River

Seattle, WA For the first time in 80 years, more natural flows will surge down the North Fork Skokomish River today when Tacoma Power releases water from its Cushman hydroelectric project. The 240 cubic feet per second of increased flows are a crucial step in restoring the river’s health. For approximately 50 years, Tacoma Power… Read more »

American Rivers Launches National River Cleanup 2008

Washington, DC — Each and every year, an appalling amount of trash finds its way into our nation’s rivers and streams. It’s a fact that has communities and civic leaders all across the country teaming up with American Rivers to do something about it. As part of National River Cleanup 2008, more than 100,000 volunteers,… Read more »

Corps of Engineers Deflates Proposed Dam on the Susquehanna River

Wilkes-Barre, PA — The Susquehanna River, which was named by American Rivers as the Most Endangered River in America in 2005, will remain free-flowing thanks to the denial of a federal permit to construct an inflatable dam on the river. The Army Corps of Engineers determined that the dam would cause unacceptable impacts to the… Read more »

Commission Votes to Protect One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC — Californians don’t want a new place to get stuck in traffic. That was the overwhelming message voiced by thousands of residents to the California Coastal Commission, as they joined together against a proposed toll road, whose construction would destroy San Onofre State Park. San Onofre houses the San Mateo Creek which was named… Read more »

EPA Says No to the Yazoo Pumps

Washington, D.C. — For only the 12th time in its entire history, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun the veto process to kill an environmentally devastating project. For the past 67 years, the Army Corps of Engineers has been trying to convince America to waste more than 200 million dollars, to drain more than… Read more »