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Record Year for Removing Dams to Restore Rivers in 2017

Restoring Damaged Rivers
86 Dams Removed Last Year to Improve Public Safety, River Health February 14, 2018 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 or Jessie Thomas-Blate, 609-658-4769 View the full list of dams removed in 2017: Database of all dam removals: Map of all dam removals: (Washington) – A record number... Read More

Trump Administration Moves to Delay Implementation of Clean Water Rule

Protecting Rivers, Water Pollution, Water Supply
January 31, 2018 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington –The Trump Administration today formally delayed implementation of the Clean Water Rule, the latest in a series of judicial and administrative maneuvers that strip protection from small streams and wetlands and put the drinking water sources for one in three Americans... Read More

Draft Trump Plan Prioritizes Corporate Giveaways Over Clean Water

Climate Change & Rivers, Energy Development, Floods & Floodplains, Protecting Rivers, Stormwater and Sewage, Urban Waters, Water Pollution, Water Supply
January 27, 2018 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington – A draft infrastructure proposal from the White House would undercut critical clean water protections and fails to address the country’s looming water infrastructure crisis. “Weakening clean water protections to give advantages to polluters is the last thing our communities need,”... Read More

American Rivers Condemns Largest Rollback of Public Land Protections in U.S. History

Protecting Rivers
December 4, 2017 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington – American Rivers President Bob Irvin released the following statement today in response to President Trump’s announcement that he will roll back protections for major portions of Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. “Until today, we could... Read More

Trump Budget Puts Communities at Risk from Unsafe Dams

November 3, 2017 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington, DC – Communities nationwide will face increasing risk from outdated, unsafe dams if the Trump Administration cancels a vital program addressing dam safety. President Trump’s budget zeroes out the Bureau of Reclamation’s Dam Safety Program. This important program tracks how changing... Read More

American Rivers Dam Removal Database Now Available to Public

Restoring Damaged Rivers
November 14, 2017 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 or Jessie Thomas-Blate, 609-658-4769 View full database of dam removals (Washington) – Information on 1,403 dams that were removed from rivers in the United States over the past century is now available to the public. American Rivers collected the information and... Read More

Construction Begins on Bloede Dam Removal Project

Restoring Damaged Rivers
Effort will improve public safety, health of Patapsco River and Chesapeake Bay September 25, 2017 Contact: Serena McClain, American Rivers, 571-405-4506 Stephen Schatz, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, 410-260-8004 Stan Rogers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 301- 427-8633 David Eisenhauer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 413-253-8492 Washington, DC –... Read More

Central Valley Flood Protection Board to Adopt Dramatically New Flood Plan to Reduce Flood Risks and Restore Ecosystem Health

Floods & Floodplains, Restoring Damaged Rivers, Water Supply
August 25, 2017 Contact: John Cain, American Rivers, [email protected], (510) 388-8930 (c) Jacob Katz, CalTrout, [email protected], (707) 477-9878 (c) Rene Henery, Trout Unlimited, [email protected], (415) 640-0927 (c) Sacramento, CA – On August 25, the Central Valley Flood Protection Board is anticipated to chart a dramatically new course to reduce... Read More

Secretary Zinke’s National Monuments Recommendation: Statement by American Rivers

Protecting Rivers, Water Supply, Wild and Scenic Rivers
August 24, 2017 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington, DC – The Associated Press is reporting today that Interior Secretary Zinke will “recommend changes to a ‘handful’ of national monuments but none to be eliminated.” Scaling back protections for treasured public lands could result in the destruction of Native American... Read More