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American Rivers announces Dr. Ann Willis as California Regional Director

November 21, 2022  Contact: Marcus Kahn, 626-298-9672  Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145  American Rivers announced today that Dr. Ann Willis is joining the organization as its new California Regional Director. Throughout her career she has developed and implemented science-informed strategies to conserve rivers across the state, and incorporate climate change... Read More

Neuse River awarded “River of the Year” honor by American Rivers

Protecting Rivers
National recognition celebrates progress and is a call to action for clean water October 17, 2022 Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145, akober@americanrivers.org Peter Raabe, 202-441-6174, praabe@americanrivers.org   www.AmericanRivers.org/RiverOfTheYear (Washington) – Celebrating community leadership and progress for clean water and river health, American Rivers today named the Neuse River the “River of the Year” for... Read More

American Rivers releases “The Multiple Benefits of Floodplain Easements”

Floods & Floodplains
An Assessment of Demand for Floodplain Easements in the Upper Mississippi River Basin Contact: Olivia Dorothy, 217-390-3658 Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Significant new investments are needed in the Upper Mississippi River Basin to reduce agricultural damages from flooding, according to The Multiple Benefits of Floodplain Easements released today by American... Read More

Supreme Court could throw out 50 years of clean water protections

Protecting Rivers, Water Pollution, Water Supply
September 28, 2022  Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145 , akober@americanrivers.orgGary Belan, 703-786-3442 The Supreme Court hearing in Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency represents a precarious tipping point for clean water safeguards vital to the health and safety of millions of Americans. On October 3, the Court will hear arguments to... Read More

American Rivers announces Sarah Dyrdahl as Northwest Regional Director

September 26, 2022  Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145  American Rivers announced today that Sarah Dyrdahl is joining the organization as its new Northwest Regional Director. Throughout her career she has worked as an ecologist and community builder to lead river conservation initiatives and develop strategic partnerships benefitting habitat, wildlife... Read More

Regional solution is essential to support Northwest economy, save salmon, honor treaties

Most Endangered Rivers
American Rivers statement on release of final Murray-Inslee report   August 25, 2022  Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145  Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Washington Governor Jay Inslee released their final report today examining how to replace the hydropower, irrigation, and transportation services of the four federal dams on the lower Snake River. Senator... Read More

California releases commercial, industrial and institutional stormwater permit in response to groups’ lawsuit challenging the need to address unregulated stormwater pollution in Los Angeles

Conserving Clean Water, Stormwater and Sewage
Contact: Jeff Odefey, American Rivers, 415.589.0642, JOdefey@americanrivers.org Becky Hammer, Natural Resources Defense Council, 202.513.6254, rhammer@nrdc.org    Bruce Reznik, Los Angeles Waterkeeper, (619) 851-9997, bruce@lawaterkeeper.org  Sean Bothwell, California Coastkeeper Alliance 949-291-3401, sbothwell@cacoastkeeper.org LOS ANGELES – In response to petitions filed by American Rivers, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), and Los Angeles Waterkeeper... Read More

Inflation Reduction Act a historic win for climate action 

Climate Change & Rivers, Energy Development, Infrastructure
More work needed for rivers and climate justice  August 8, 2022 Contact: Sinjin Eberle, 720-373-0864  American Rivers today applauded the Senate for passing the historic Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which represents the largest climate action in history. The bill contains $369 billion for climate and energy provisions, including... Read More

American Rivers welcomes Kyle Smith as Snake River Director

August 4, 2022  Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145   American Rivers announced today that Kyle Smith will join the organization as its new Snake River director. The new position demonstrates the organization’s strong commitment to advancing solutions for the Snake River that recover salmon runs, honor treaties and commitments with Tribal Nations, invest in clean energy and... Read More

American Rivers statement on climate breakthrough in reconciliation deal 

July 29, 2022  Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145  American Rivers applauded the deal between Senator Joe Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to advance the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which would be the biggest climate action in history. The bill contains $369 billion for climate and energy... Read More

Illinois flooding highlights disparities, injustice in community health and safety

Cahokia Heights leaders fail to call for state and federal aid, leaving residents in danger  July 28, 2022 Contacts:  Nicole Nelson, Equity Legal Services, 618-693-9800 Jackson, Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing & Opportunity Council, 314-534-5800 Olivia Dorothy, American Rivers, 217-390-3658 Meleah Geertsma, NRDC, 312-651-7904 In the wake of historic... Read More

National Conservation Area Legislation Introduced for the Dolores River

Protecting Rivers, Restoring Damaged Rivers
July 15, 2022 Contact: Mike Fiebig, mfiebig@americanrivers.org Senator Michael Bennet Introduced the Legislation which would protect 76 river miles and 74,006 acres of Public Lands Surrounding the Dolores River Dolores, CO – After nearly 20 years of collaborative work, Colorado Senator Michael Bennet introduced the Dolores River National Conservation... Read More