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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

American Rivers Announces America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2022

Climate change, environmental injustice threaten rivers and communities nationwide. Report identifies solutions, calls for urgent action on ten endangered rivers. Contact: Amy Souers Kober, American Rivers, 503-708-1145 www.AmericanRivers.org/EndangeredRivers Washington, DC – American Rivers released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® today, spotlighting ten rivers where climate change... Read More

Los Angeles River named among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2022

Concrete and climate change threaten river health, clean water, community access Contact: Gary Belan, American Rivers, 202-243-7027Bruce Reznik, Los Angeles Waterkeeper, 619-851-9997Marissa Christiansen, Friends of the LA River, 323-223-0585 Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today named the Los Angeles (LA) River one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2022,... Read More

Oklahoma’s Tar Creek named among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2022

Toxic mining waste threatens clean water, public health Contact: Jessie Thomas-Blate, American Rivers, 202-243-7030 Rebecca Jim, Local Environmental Action Demanded (LEAD) Agency, 918-520-6720 Bob Nairn, Center for Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds, University of Oklahoma, 405-325-3354 Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today named Oklahoma’s Tar Creek one of America’s... Read More

San Pedro River named among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2022

Groundwater pumping, harmful development threaten endangered fish and wildlife  Contact: Sinjin Eberle, American Rivers, 720-373-0864 Geoffrey Nolan, Earthjustice, 202-740-7030  WASHINGTON, DC– Today, American Rivers named the San Pedro River one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2022, highlighting the threat that excessive groundwater pumping and harmful development pose to one... Read More

Lower Kern River named among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2022

Excessive water withdrawals threaten community access, fish and wildlife Contact: Amy Merrill, American Rivers, 510-809-8010Kelly Damian, Bring Back the Kern, 661-333-6695 Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today named the Lower Kern River one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2022, highlighting the threat that excessive water withdrawals pose to... Read More

Coosa River named among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2022

Industrial agricultural pollution threatens clean water, recreation economy Contact: Ben Emanuel, American Rivers, 706-340-8868Justinn Overton, Coosa Riverkeeper, 205-981-6565Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman, Upper Coosa Riverkeeper/Coosa River Basin Initiative, 706-232-2724 Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today named the Coosa River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2022, highlighting the threat that industrial agricultural... Read More

Maine’s Atlantic Salmon Rivers named among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2022

Contact:Jessie Thomas-Blate, American Rivers, 202-243-7030Brett Ciccotelli, Downeast Salmon Federation, 207-812-0288Landis Hudson, Maine Rivers, 207-831-3223John Burrows, Atlantic Salmon Federation, 207-415-6637 Washington, D.C. – Maine’s Atlantic salmon rivers were today listed among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2022. This designation highlights antiquated dams on the Kennebec, Union and Penobscot rivers— all... Read More

Mobile River named among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2022

Coal ash pollution threatens clean water, public health Contact: Ben Emanuel, American Rivers, 706-340-8868 Carol Adams-Davis, Sierra Club, 702-496-5050, Cade Kistler, Mobile Baykeeper, 251-433-4229Keith Johnston, Southern Environmental Law Center, 205-745-3060Joe Womack, Africatown-CHESS (Clean, Healthy, Educated, Safe, Sustainable), 251-404-9558Ramsey Sprague, (MEJAC) Mobile Environmental Justice Action Coalition, 682-556-0553Charline Whyte, Sierra Club-... Read More

Snake River named among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2022

Four dams driving salmon to extinction, violating treaties with Northwest tribes  Contact: Amy Souers Kober, American Rivers, 503-708-1145 Zachary DeWolf, Washington Environmental Council, 206-631-2629  Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today named the Snake River one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2022, highlighting the threat that four federal dams pose... Read More