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Groups seek court order to protect endangered salmon from fish-killing Puyallup River dam

American Rivers and American Whitewater file preliminary injunction  June 3, 2021 Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145  American Rivers and American Whitewater have asked a federal judge for an order stopping Electron Hydro LLC from opening a water intake and diverting endangered fish out of the Puyallup River in Washington.   The owners of the Electron Hydroelectric Project have a history of violating environmental safeguards. The century-old... Read More

American Rivers statement on EPA decision to revise Clean Water Act Section 401 rule

May 27, 2021 Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced its intent to revise the 2020 Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification Rule after determining that it erodes state and tribal authority. Section 401 of the Clean Water Act is the provision that provides the federal-state-tribal partnership collaborative authority... Read More

Senator Murray, Governor Inslee call for Columbia-Snake salmon solution

Statement by Tom Kiernan, President of American Rivers Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145May 14, 2021 Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Washington Governor Jay Inslee today issued a statement calling for a comprehensive solution to recover Columbia-Snake River salmon. American Rivers named the Snake River America’s Most Endangered River for 2021 given the need... Read More

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