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American Rivers statement on the passing of Leigh Perkins

May 13, 2021 Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145  American Rivers President and CEO Tom Kiernan released the following statement on the passing of Leigh H. Perkins Sr., Chairman Emeritus and former President of Orvis, and longtime champion for river conservation:  “Leigh Perkins built Orvis not only into a successful business... Read More

American Rivers applauds Congressman Blumenauer for commitment to salmon, justice and energy solutions in the Northwest

May 4, 2021Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145 American Rivers President Tom Kiernan released the following statement applauding Congressman Earl Blumenauer for supporting a comprehensive solution to recover Snake River salmon, honor commitments to Native American tribes and invest in the region’s infrastructure. Congressman Blumenauer expressed his commitment in a virtual... Read More

American Rivers Statement on the Derek Chauvin Verdict

April 20, 2021 Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145  Tom Kiernan, President and CEO of American Rivers, made the following statement:  “The tragic murder of George Floyd should never have happened, but we are grateful to see justice served today through the conviction verdicts. While we support the verdicts, we acknowledge... Read More

American Rivers applauds the nomination of Shannon Estenoz as Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, Department of the Interior

April 14, 2021 Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145  President Biden announced today that he will nominate Shannon Estenoz as Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, Department of the Interior. Tom Kiernan, President and CEO of American Rivers, made the following statement:  “We congratulate Shannon Estenoz on her nomination as Assistant Secretary for Fish and... Read More

Conservation Groups File Federal Lawsuit to Uphold Law, Science & Public Participation

Lawsuit challenges Army Corps’ unlawful approval of Yazoo Pumps FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 14, 2021 CONTACTS Stu Gillespie | Earthjustice | (303) 996-9616 | sgillespie@earthjustice.orgJill Mastrototaro | Audubon Mississippi | (504) 481-3659 | jill.mastrototaro@audubon.orgOlivia Dorothy | American Rivers | (217) 390-3658 | odorothy@americanrivers.orgAndrew Whitehurst | Healthy Gulf | (601) 954-7236... Read More

American Rivers applauds nomination of Tommy Beaudreau as Deputy Interior Secretary

April 14, 2021 Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145  President Biden announced today that he will nominate Tommy Beaudreau as Deputy Interior Secretary. Tom Kiernan, President and CEO of American Rivers, made the following statement: “We congratulate Tommy Beaudreau on his nomination as Deputy Interior Secretary. I have worked with Tommy for... Read More

Turkey Creek named among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Harmful development threatens historic communities Contacts:   Olivia Dorothy, American Rivers, 217-390-3658, odorothy@americanrivers.org Yvonne Story, Education, Economics, Environmental, Climate and Health Organization (EEECHO), 228-223-6885, eeecho@cableone.net Victoria Thornton Sharpe, National Council of Negro Women, 228-234-0221, vtsharpe@bellsouth.net Derrick Evans, Turkey Creek Community Initiatives, 617-688-0846, tccidirector@gmail.com Alexis Hidalgo, Anthropocene Alliance, 305-781-5147,  Alexis@AnthropoceneAlliance.org... Read More

Raccoon River named among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Factory farm pollution threatens drinking water  Contacts:Olivia Dorothy, American Rivers, odorothy@americanrivers.org, 217-390-3658Phoebe Galt, Food & Water Watch, pgalt@fwwatch.org, 207-400-1275Abigail Landhuis, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, abigail@iowacci.org, 515-250-048 Washington, D.C. – Today, American Rivers declared Iowa’s Raccoon River one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2021, citing the grave threat that... Read More

Ipswich River named among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Excessive water withdrawals threaten regional water security Contacts:Shanyn Viars, American Rivers, sviars@americanrivers.org, 607-426-8283Patrick Lynch, Ipswich River Watershed Association, plynch@ipswichriver.org, 978-412-8200 Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today named the Ipswich River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2021, citing the grave threat that excessive water withdrawals pose to ecosystem health and... Read More

California’s McCloud River Named One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Proposed raising of Shasta Dam threatens Indigenous culture and ecological health Contacts:Amy Merrill, American Rivers, 510-809-8010, amerrill@americanrivers.orgGary Mulcahy, Winnemem Wintu Tribe, 916-214-8493, gary@ranchriver.comRon Stork, Friends of the River, 916-442-3155 X220, rstork@friendsoftheriver.org Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today named Northern California’s McCloud River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2021... Read More

Tar Creek named among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Toxic pollution threatens public health Contacts:Jessie Thomas-Blate, American Rivers, 609-658-4769, jthomas@americanrivers.orgRebecca Jim, Local Environmental Action Demanded (LEAD) Agency, 918-520-6720, leadagency@att.net  Dr. Bob Nairn, Center for Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds, University of Oklahoma, 405-325-3354, nairn@ou.eduAlexis Hidalgo, Anthropocene Alliance, 305-781-5147, Alexis@AnthropoceneAlliance.org     Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today named Tar... Read More