Press Releases

Groups to EPA: Science Confirms Importance of Streams and Wetlands

Small Stream in Alabama | Lana Dotson Washington, DC – Environmental, public health conservation, and wildlife groups applaud the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for seeking scientists’ input on how streams and wetlands affect the health of larger bodies, and urged EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to finalize a strong rule to protect… Read more »

American Rivers Expresses Appreciation for Senator Wyden’s Effort Drafting O&C Lands Bill, Urges Changes before Bill Is Introduced

Statement of American Rivers’ President Bob Irvin: Today Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) released a legislative discussion draft of a bill that, if enacted, would govern the management of 2.2 million acres of high value public forest lands in Oregon. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management and known as the Oregon and California (“O &… Read more »

Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act Introduced to House and Senate

Washington, DC – American Rivers, the nation’s leading voice for clean water and healthy rivers, today applauded Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD) for introducing the ‘Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2013’ in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House. Senator Udall and Representative Edwards’ bill builds on the growing momentum across the… Read more »

Water Resources Bill Weakens Environmental Review and Public Comment

Washington, D.C. – The House of Representatives today passed H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act. American Rivers President Bob Irvin stated: “The Water Resources Reform and Development Act traditionally authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct flood management, ecosystem restoration and navigation projects on our nation’s rivers and coasts. Unfortunately,… Read more »

South River restoration kicks off this week in Waynesboro

South River stream bank before restoration, Waynesboro VA | photo by City of Waynesboro Waynesboro, VA –The City of Waynesboro kicks off its “Restoring Waynesboro’s Riverfront Parks” initiative this week with stream bank restoration work at Wayne Avenue Park. The project is funded by a $163,875 grant from American Rivers and the Environmental Protection Agency… Read more »

Crooked River Watershed Council and American Rivers Partner to Remove Stearns Dam

PRINEVILLE, Ore., -  With funding from American Rivers and NOAA Restoration Center Rivergrants partnership, the six-foot tall, 150-foot wide Stearns Dam is being removed from the Crooked River. Media are invited for the initial notch opening in the dam on the morning of October 24th. Media interested in attending the first day removal event should… Read more »

Obama Administration moves to protect drinking water for millions of Americans

Washington, DC – American Rivers today strongly supported the Obama Administration for proposing a rule to restore protections to small streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act after those protections were eroded following two Supreme Court decisions. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 117 million Americans rely in whole or in part on… Read more »

American Rivers receives $3.57 million from NOAA to restore Patapsco River

Washington – Maryland’s Patapsco River will soon be healthier for fish and safer for local residents, thanks to a $3.57 million grant awarded by the NOAA Restoration Center to American Rivers. The grant supports the Patapsco River Restoration Project, ensuring the removal of the Bloede Dam and continued long-term monitoring of the Patapsco. Removing Bloede… Read more »