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Inflation Reduction Act a historic win for climate action 

Climate Change & Rivers, Energy Development, Infrastructure
More work needed for rivers and climate justice  August 8, 2022 Contact: Sinjin Eberle, 720-373-0864  American Rivers today applauded the Senate for passing the historic Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which represents the largest climate action in history. The bill contains $369 billion for climate and energy provisions, including... Read More

American Rivers welcomes Kyle Smith as Snake River Director

August 4, 2022  Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145   American Rivers announced today that Kyle Smith will join the organization as its new Snake River director. The new position demonstrates the organization’s strong commitment to advancing solutions for the Snake River that recover salmon runs, honor treaties and commitments with Tribal Nations, invest in clean energy and... Read More

American Rivers statement on climate breakthrough in reconciliation deal 

July 29, 2022  Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145  American Rivers applauded the deal between Senator Joe Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to advance the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which would be the biggest climate action in history. The bill contains $369 billion for climate and energy... Read More

Illinois flooding highlights disparities, injustice in community health and safety

Cahokia Heights leaders fail to call for state and federal aid, leaving residents in danger  July 28, 2022 Contacts:  Nicole Nelson, Equity Legal Services, 618-693-9800 Jackson, Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing & Opportunity Council, 314-534-5800 Olivia Dorothy, American Rivers, 217-390-3658 Meleah Geertsma, NRDC, 312-651-7904 In the wake of historic... Read More

National Conservation Area Legislation Introduced for the Dolores River

Protecting Rivers, Restoring Damaged Rivers
July 15, 2022 Contact: Mike Fiebig, mfiebig@americanrivers.org Senator Michael Bennet Introduced the Legislation which would protect 76 river miles and 74,006 acres of Public Lands Surrounding the Dolores River Dolores, CO – After nearly 20 years of collaborative work, Colorado Senator Michael Bennet introduced the Dolores River National Conservation... Read More

Supreme Court ruling raises major concerns for clean water

June 30, 2022  Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145  Today’s Supreme Court ruling in West Virginia v. EPA is a major blow to efforts to fight climate change. The ruling constrains EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions – a major contributor to climate change — from the power sector.   As Justice... Read More

Solutions exist for Snake River salmon and communities

American Rivers statement in response to Murray-Inslee draft report June 9, 2022 Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington Senator Patty Murray and Washington Governor Jay Inslee have released a draft report examining how the services of the four lower Snake River dams could be replaced, in the event the... Read More

Andy Sheehan joins American Rivers board of directors

June 7, 2022 Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145 American Rivers announced today that Andy Sheehan has been elected to its board of directors. Sheehan brings a breadth of expertise that will be instrumental in helping the organization achieve its vision of clean water and healthy rivers everywhere, for everyone.... Read More

American Rivers announces Dr. Pallavi Phartiyal as new Board Chair

June 6, 2022 Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145 American Rivers announced today that its board of directors has elected Dr. Pallavi Phartiyal as the organization’s new Board Chair. Phartiyal will be the first person of color to hold this office in the organization’s almost 50 year history. She has... Read More

American Rivers Statement on Mass Shootings and Racially Motivated Violent Extremism

May 16, 2022   Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145   In response to the racially motivated mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, Tom Kiernan, President of American Rivers, made the following statement:   We adamantly condemn yesterday’s racist attack targeting Buffalo, New York’s Black community. An 18-year-old white supremacist shot and killed 10 people and injured... Read More

Modernizing hydropower: Licensing and Reforms for a Clean Energy Future

Testimony before the Subcommittee on Energy of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce May 12, 2022 Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington – Tom Kiernan, President of American Rivers, testified today before the Subcommittee on Energy of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce, in a hearing titled,... Read More

American Rivers statement on appointment of Jalonne White-Newsome as Senior Director for Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice
May 6, 2022  Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145  The White House Council on Environmental Quality has announced Jalonne White-Newsome as Senior Director for Environmental Justice. Tom Kiernan, President of American Rivers, made the following statement:  “We congratulate Jalonne White-Newsome on her appointment to this historic role and applaud the Biden Administration’s commitment to environmental justice. White-Newsome’s leadership in the environmental justice movement and relentless... Read More