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82 dams removed to restore rivers, improve public safety in 2018

Dam Removal
American Rivers annual survey shows continued demand for healthy, free-flowing rivers February 21, 2019 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 View the full list of dams removed in 2018: AmericanRivers.org/DamRemoval2018 Infographic: AmericanRivers.org/DamInfographic Database of all dam removals: AmericanRivers.org/DamRemovalDatabase Map of all dam removals: AmericanRivers.org/DamRemovalsMap (Washington) – Eighty-two outdated dams were removed in 2018,... Read More

Trump Administration Slashes Safeguards for Clean Water

February 14, 2019 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington — The Trump administration today released its long-anticipated rewrite of the Clean Water Rule, and as expected the proposed rule eliminates federal protection for wetlands with no apparent surface connection to nearby water bodies, and expressly excludes from protection “ephemeral” rivers... Read More

American Rivers statement on the passing of Congressman John Dingell

February 8, 2019 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington – Congressman John Dingell, a champion for rivers and clean water, passed away yesterday. Bob Irvin, President and CEO of American Rivers, made the following statement: “John Dingell was one of the greatest champions for the environment in the history of Congress.... Read More

Communities Line Up to Support Klamath Dam Removal Permit

Dam Removal, Restoring Damaged Rivers
For Immediate Release: February 4, 2019 For more information:  Craig Tucker, Karuk Tribe Natural Resources Consultant, 916-207-8294 Steve Rothert, American Rivers, 530-277-0448 Glen Spain, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermens’ Associations, (541) 521-8655 Brian Johnson, Trout Unlimited, (415) 385-0796 Regina Chichizola, Save California Salmon, (541) 951-0126 Matt Mais, Yurok Tribe,... Read More

American Rivers Statement on Nomination of Andrew Wheeler as EPA Administrator

January 15, 2019 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington – As the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works prepares to consider President Trump’s nomination of Andrew Wheeler as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, American Rivers President and CEO Bob Irvin released the following statement: “This year marks the... Read More

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke Resigns

December 15, 2018 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke resigned today after a tenure marked by ethics investigations and attacks on the nation’s public lands and waters. Under Secretary Zinke’s leadership, the Department of the Interior consistently put the desires of oil, gas and mining... Read More

Trump’s Clean Water Rule rewrite cuts key protections

Conserving Clean Water, Water Pollution, Water Supply
December 11, 2018 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 The Trump administration announced its rewrite of the Clean Water Rule today, and as expected the new rule would eliminate federal protection for wetlands with no apparent surface connection to nearby water bodies, and expressly excludes from protection “ephemeral” rivers and streams... Read More

Major Restoration Project to Boost Habitat, Flood Protection in Delta

October 16, 2018 Contact: John Cain, 510-388-8930 Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Groundbreaking for the largest freshwater tidal marsh restoration project in California will begin tomorrow in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh restoration project will restore and enhance nearly two square miles of habitat for fish and... Read More

Statement of American Rivers on the Passing of Philanthropist Paul Allen

October 15, 2018 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 “Philanthropist, investor and entrepreneur Paul Allen had a global impact on environmental conservation and sustainability. American Rivers is grateful for his personal commitment to river restoration and dam removal in the Pacific Northwest. His generosity will continue to drive salmon and orca... Read More

Water Infrastructure Bill a Win for Rivers and Clean Water

Climate Change & Rivers, Conserving Clean Water, Protecting Rivers, Urban Waters, Water Pollution, Water Supply
October 10, 2018 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington — Today, the Senate passed H.R. 3021, America’s Infrastructure Act of 2018, sending it to the White House to be signed into law. The bill contains significant measures that benefit rivers and clean water and will improve public health and safety.... Read More