Press Releases

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 Outdated or unsafe dams came out of rivers in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New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 »

EPA and American Rivers Award Additional $300,000 in Grants to Protect and Restore Potomac Highlands Rivers and Lands in West Virginia

PHILADELPHIA – The Environmental Protection Agency and American Rivers today announced two additional recipients of  environmental grants to benefit communities, protect and restore habitat, forests, farmland, rivers and clean water in the Potomac Highlands region of West Virginia. Cacapon & Lost Rivers Land Trust and the University of Kentucky Research Foundation will each receive a… Read more »

Colorado River Basin study is step toward 21st century water management

Washington, DC – A federal study released today looking at water supply options for the Colorado River Basin is a critical step toward bringing water management into the 21st century. American Rivers applauded the Obama Administration for its effort on the report, which recognizes that climate change is making the status quo management regime of… Read more »

Experts available to comment on upcoming Colorado River Basin study

Washington, DC - Experts from American Rivers are available to comment on the upcoming release of a critical study by the Bureau of Reclamation examining water supply options in the Colorado River Basin.  The western water policy director of American Rivers, and the Colorado conservation director of American Rivers are both available for interviews about the study,… Read more »

Conservationists cheer withdrawal of dam proposal for Colorado’s Arkansas River

Denver – Colorado’s Arkansas River will remain one of the nation’s most popular rivers for fishing and paddling, now that a 20-year-old dam proposal is officially dead. American Rivers applauded Friends of the Arkansas River for their dedication to preserving a free-flowing Arkansas River and advocating alternative water supply solutions. In 1990, Colorado Springs Utilities… Read more »

Obama Administration Offers Opportunities To Advance Clean Water And River Protection

Washington – The victory of President Barack Obama presents an opportunity to make significant progress toward protecting and restoring the nation’s rivers, and ensuring clean water for all Americans. “We congratulate President Obama on his election to a second term. President Obama and his Administration took important steps for rivers over the past four years. Now… Read more »