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EPA protects globally-significant wetlands in Mississippi Delta

2008 Clean Water Act veto of damaging Yazoo Pumps Project is upheld November 15, 2021 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Olivia Dorothy, 217-390-3658 American Rivers today applauds EPA Administrator Michael Regan’s decision to uphold the 2008 veto of the Yazoo Pumps, a massive agricultural drainage project north of Vicksburg, Mississippi.... Read More

Conservation Groups Laud EPA Decision to Restore Yazoo Pumps Veto

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 17, 2021 CONTACTS: Jill Mastrototaro | Audubon Delta | (504) 481-3659 | jill.mastrototaro@audubon.org Louie Miller | Mississippi Sierra Club | (601) 624-3503 | louie.miller@sierraclub.org Olivia Dorothy | American Rivers | (217) 390-3658 | odorothy@americanrivers.org Andrew Whitehurst | Healthy Gulf | (601) 954-7236 | andrew@healthygulf.orgStu Gillespie... Read More

Infrastructure bill funds urgent clean water and river restoration needs

Dam Removal
November 6, 2021 Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145 American Rivers today applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the bipartisan infrastructure bill which contains significant funding for rivers and clean water nationwide. A key highlight of the package is the $2.4 billion that American Rivers helped secure for... Read More

Wild and Scenic legislation introduced to safeguard endangered river

Senators Heinrich and Lujan re-introduce legislation to protect New Mexico’s Gila River November 2, 2021Contact: David Moryc, 503-307-1137; Mike Fiebig, 406-600-4061 Responding to strong community support, Senators Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Lujan today introduced legislation to add New Mexico’s Gila River to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The... Read More

City of Richmond to Receive $1.6M Grant to Reduce Flood Risk in Rheem Creek Watershed

Floods & Floodplains
October 18, 2021 Contact: Patrick Phelan, Infrastructure Administrator, City of Richmond, CA(510) 307-8111, patrick_phelan@ci.richmond.ca.us Sarah Puckett, Director, California Central Valley River Conservation, American Rivers(415) 203-3766, spuckett@americanrivers.org Juliana Gonzalez, Executive Director, The Watershed Project(510) 224-4085, juliana@thewatershedproject.org City of Richmond, CA – After years of suffering from flooding, the Rollingwood neighborhood... Read More

American Rivers calls on Northwest leaders, Biden administration to accelerate action to prevent salmon extinction

Dam Removal, Restoring Damaged Rivers
10/22/21 Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145 Following Senator Patty Murray’s (D-WA) announcement today of a “federal-state process on salmon recovery in the Columbia River Basin and the Pacific Northwest” with Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA), American Rivers called on all Northwest leaders and the Biden Administration to accelerate action including... Read More

American Rivers announces Kelly Catlett as new hydropower program director

Staff
September 29, 2021 Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145 American Rivers announced today that Kelly Catlett has been selected to lead the organization’s hydropower program. Catlett brings nearly 20 years of experience in hydropower policy, dam relicensing, and coalition building. As Hydropower Reform Program Director, Catlett will direct American Rivers’... Read More

Flooding, dam scare underscore need for investment in water infrastructure, dam safety, river restoration

Dam Removal, Floods & Floodplains, Restoring Damaged Rivers, Urban Waters
September 3, 2021 Contact: Amy Kober, akober@americanrivers.org, 503-708-1145 Hurricane Ida’s heavy winds and rain brought destruction to the Gulf Coast on August 29 and days later, communities across the Northeast were devastated by flooding in the hurricane’s path. Dozens of people lost their lives in the floodwaters. Three thousand people... Read More

Feds Require Fish Passage at Lewis River Dams to Recover Endangered Salmon

Environmental Justice, Restoring Damaged Rivers
National Marine Fisheries Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service withdraw Trump-era decision, put salmon and steelhead back on track for recovery in the Lewis River August 24, 2021 CONTACT:Eli Asher, Cowlitz Indian Tribe, 360-355-5851Bill Sharp, The Confederated Bands and Tribes of the Yakama Nation, 509-945-3167Kessina Lee, Washington Department... Read More