Press Releases

American Rivers applauds Senate confirmation of Sally Jewell as Interior Secretary

Washington,D.C. – American Rivers today applauded the Senate’s approval of Sally Jewell as Secretary of the Interior. The President of American Rivers, Bob Irvin, made the following statement: “The overwhelming Senate approval of Sally Jewell as the nation’s new Interior Secretary is great news for our country’s rivers and clean water. “As the former head… Read more »

American Rivers announces three additions to Board of Directors

Washington, DC – American Rivers today announced that three new members were elected to its board of directors. The new directors bring a wealth of expertise and diversity of experience to American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization. Jaime A. Pinkham (St. Paul, MN) is Vice President for the Bush Foundation and leads their… Read more »

American Rivers Receives Grant to Restore Sierra Meadows, Improve Water Supply

Nevada City – American Rivers will receive $137,000 from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy to support the design of restoration projects in two Sierra Nevada meadows: Hope Valley, in the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest, in the headwaters of the Carson River, and Shell Meadow in the Stanislaus National Forest, in the headwaters of the Stanislaus River…. Read more »

Media Advisory: America’s Most Endangered Rivers report coming April 17

Washington – American Rivers and its partners nationwide will announce America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2013 on April 17. American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, releases the report every year to shine a public spotlight on threats facing rivers, and how citizens can take action to help. Ten rivers in the following states… Read more »

American Rivers Applauds New National Monument Designations

Washington – American Rivers today applauded President Obama for designating five new national monuments covering more than 240,000 acres. The President of American Rivers, Bob Irvin, made the following statement: “We commend President Obama for his leadership and vision in protecting five new national monuments that will safeguard historic, cultural, and natural treasures for future… Read more »

New Federal Guidelines for Water Projects Give Overdue Recognition of Need for New Approach

Washington – American Rivers today welcomed the release of the Obama Administration’s updated federal guidelines for water infrastructure investments. Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers, made the following statement: “The new guidelines are a long overdue recognition that the old ways of treating our nation’s rivers are insufficient for the demands of the 21st century.  The old… Read more »

62 Dams Removed to Restore Rivers in 2012

Washington, DC – Communities in 19 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 62 dams in 2012, American Rivers announced today. Outdated or unsafe dams came out of rivers in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania,… Read more »

American Rivers Opposes Cutting Protections for Wild and Scenic Merced River

Merced River, CA, Yosemite | DJ Schulte Washington –  A bill introduced today, HR 934, by Representative Tom McClintock (R-CA), would remove long-standing Wild and Scenic River protections from a section of the Merced River and allow the Merced Irrigation District to pursue raising a spillway at New Exchequer Dam and inundate almost a mile… Read more »

REI’s Sally Jewell to head Interior Department

Washington –  American Rivers today welcomed President Obama’s choice of REI chief executive Sally Jewell to head the Department of the Interior. The President of American Rivers, Bob Irvin, made the following statement: “We applaud President Obama’s choice of Sally Jewell for Secretary of the Interior. As the head of REI, the outdoor gear and… Read more »

American Rivers Applauds Secretary Salazar’s Leadership and Legacy

Washington – Commenting on today’s announcement that Ken Salazar will step down as Secretary of the Interior by the end of March, Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers, made the following statement: “Secretary Salazar has been a true champion for protecting and restoring rivers and his leadership will be missed by everyone who cares about… Read more »