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American Rivers Condemns Largest Rollback of Public Land Protections in U.S. History

Protecting Rivers
December 4, 2017 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington – American Rivers President Bob Irvin released the following statement today in response to President Trump’s announcement that he will roll back protections for major portions of Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. “Until today, we could... Read More

Trump Budget Puts Communities at Risk from Unsafe Dams

November 3, 2017 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington, DC – Communities nationwide will face increasing risk from outdated, unsafe dams if the Trump Administration cancels a vital program addressing dam safety. President Trump’s budget zeroes out the Bureau of Reclamation’s Dam Safety Program. This important program tracks how changing... Read More

American Rivers Dam Removal Database Now Available to Public

Restoring Damaged Rivers
November 14, 2017 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 or Jessie Thomas-Blate, 609-658-4769 View full database of dam removals (Washington) – Information on 1,403 dams that were removed from rivers in the United States over the past century is now available to the public. American Rivers collected the information and... Read More

Construction Begins on Bloede Dam Removal Project

Restoring Damaged Rivers
Effort will improve public safety, health of Patapsco River and Chesapeake Bay September 25, 2017 Contact: Serena McClain, American Rivers, 571-405-4506 Stephen Schatz, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, 410-260-8004 Stan Rogers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 301- 427-8633 David Eisenhauer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 413-253-8492 Washington, DC –... Read More

Central Valley Flood Protection Board to Adopt Dramatically New Flood Plan to Reduce Flood Risks and Restore Ecosystem Health

Floods & Floodplains, Restoring Damaged Rivers, Water Supply
August 25, 2017 Contact: John Cain, American Rivers, [email protected], (510) 388-8930 (c) Jacob Katz, CalTrout, [email protected], (707) 477-9878 (c) Rene Henery, Trout Unlimited, [email protected], (415) 640-0927 (c) Sacramento, CA – On August 25, the Central Valley Flood Protection Board is anticipated to chart a dramatically new course to reduce... Read More

Secretary Zinke’s National Monuments Recommendation: Statement by American Rivers

Protecting Rivers, Water Supply, Wild and Scenic Rivers
August 24, 2017 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington, DC – The Associated Press is reporting today that Interior Secretary Zinke will “recommend changes to a ‘handful’ of national monuments but none to be eliminated.” Scaling back protections for treasured public lands could result in the destruction of Native American... Read More

With No Infrastructure Plan, President Trump Again Undermines Protection of Clean Water, Clean Air, Healthy Lands, and Wildlife

August 15, 2017 Contact: Meghan Boian, [email protected] Washington, DC – President Trump signed an Executive Order today that undermines crucial environmental reviews and wastes taxpayer dollars by directing federal agencies to ignore flood risks in making federal expenditures on infrastructure. “Today, President Trump ordered even more rollbacks of environmental... Read More

Trump Administration Formally Proposes Withdrawal of Clean Water Rule

Conserving Clean Water, Protecting Rivers, Water Supply
July 27, 2017 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington, DC – The Trump Administration today formally proposed withdrawing the Clean Water Rule, which protects the drinking water sources for one in three Americans. The inclusion of the proposal in the Federal Register triggers a 30-day public comment period. “This administration... Read More

Water Agreement Signals “New Levels of Coordination,” say Conservation Groups

Climate Change & Rivers, Conserving Clean Water, Water Supply
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation joins Arizona to boost levels in Lake Mead and secure water supplies for 6+ million Arizona residents. July 14, 2017 Contact: Michael Pauker, [email protected], 646-335-0330 (Phoenix, AZ) – Conservation groups today praised a collaborative agreement that will protect Lake Mead and shore up Colorado River... Read More

Rollback of Clean Water Rule Puts Americans’ Drinking Water at Risk

Conserving Clean Water, Protecting Rivers, Water Supply
June 27, 2017 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington – The Environmental Protection Agency today put the drinking water supplies of 1 in 3 Americans at risk when it took official action to roll back the Clean Water Rule. “The move by the Trump Administration to roll back the Clean... Read More