December 15, 2016
Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145
Washington, DC – Reacting to the announcement that the Obama Administration will block development of a copper and nickel mine near Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers, made the following statement:
“American Rivers named the Boundary Waters among America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ in 2013 because of the threat this mine posed to clean water and one of our nation’s natural treasures. Today’s announcement is a great victory for all of our partners and the tens of thousands of people across the country who took action to safeguard this special place. We applaud the Obama Administration for acting to protect the Boundary Waters and its pristine rivers, abundant fish and wildlife and world-class recreation opportunities for future generations.”
ABOUT AMERICAN RIVERS
American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 250,000 members, supporters and volunteers.