Press Releases

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 »

Judgment Day for one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC —The San Mateo Creek, which was named by American Rivers as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ in 2007, could learn its fate this week. On Wednesday, the California Coastal Commission is set to decide whether a proposed toll road complies with existing state laws. Thousands of people are expected to attend a public meeting… Read more »

Costly Black Rock Dam is Risky and Unnecessary

Seattle, WA -  A massive new water storage project in the Black Rock Valley east of Yakima would cost $6.7 billion and return only 16 cents on the dollar, according to a draft Environmental Impact Statement released today by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Washington Department of Ecology. The project would pump water… Read more »

Klamath Negotiators Announce Proposed Agreement

For additional information, visit www.AmericanRivers.org/Klamath Nevada City, CA – A sustainable future for the Klamath Basin became a lot closer today, as American Rivers and 25 other parties finalized a proposed Klamath River Basin Restoration Agreement to restore salmon runs, revitalize tribal and commercial fishing and provide security to the basin’s farmers. Participants in the… Read more »

Setting Free a Wild & Scenic River in Bucks County

Pipersville, PA— Communities in the Delaware River Valley will soon have a free flowing river in their own backyards to enjoy. Today, crews will begin removing an outdated and dilapidated dam on Tohickon Creek, home to High Rocks Vista. The dam lies in Ralph Stover State Park; the creek is part of the Wild & Scenic Lower… Read more »

New Lapham Fellowship Dedicated to River Protection

Washington, D.C. — Today American Rivers™ announced the creation of a new Fellowship Program established to honor the memory of its former Chairman of the Board, Anthony A. Lapham. The Fellowship program will train talented post graduates to become the next generation of conservation leaders. Mr. Lapham passed away one year ago; his legacy of… Read more »

It’s official: Removing Klamath dams is cheapest, most effective option

Nevada City, CA - The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today released its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on PacifiCorp’s Klamath hydropower project, concluding: Dam removal would improve water quality, reduce fish disease and increase fall chinook spawning by more than 20,000 fish in the project area alone. Removing all four dams and replacing their generation would… Read more »

54 Dams Slated for Removal in 2007

Washington, D.C. — With dams across the country falling into disrepair, dam owners in 12 states have chosen to eliminate obsolete infrastructure by removing their dams. An annual survey of government agencies and private conservation organizations shows that 54 dams in 12 states have been removed or are slated for removal in 2007. Since 1999,… Read more »

Legislation Introduced to Protect the Perquinmans River

Washington, D.C.— The Perquimans River, an ecological wonder in Northeastern North Carolina, is one step closer to being preserved forever, thanks to legislation introduced today by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC). If passed the legislation would direct the National Park Service to study the river for potential addition to the National Wild… Read more »

Scientific Data Supports River Restoration Efforts

Washington, D.C. — America’s rivers are under assault. According to new research by a team of scientists at the National River Restoration Science Synthesis (NRRSS) 79 percent of rivers are affected by humans; another 19 percent are drowned by reservoirs, leaving just 2 percent unimpacted. More disturbing, 1 out of every 3 American rivers has been… Read more »