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Settlement secures key protections for Catawba-Wateree rivers, ends legal stalemate

Energy Development, Floods & Floodplains, Most Endangered Rivers, Water Supply
July 17, 2014 Contact: (Columbia, SC) – American Rivers, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League announced a settlement agreement with Duke Energy and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control that includes important protections for the Catawba and Wateree rivers and... Read More

Groundbreaking Report Recommends Effective Water Solutions for Agriculture, Business and Residential Use in Colorado River Basin

Conserving Clean Water, Protecting Rivers
July 17, 2014 Contact: (Denver, CO) – American Rivers and Western Resource Advocates – two of the foremost authorities on Western water issues – today issued a new report that identifies conservation, reuse and other innovative solutions that could eliminate Western water shortages stemming from the over-taxed and stressed... Read More

American Rivers Statement on New Mexico Drought Bill Introduction

Climate Change & Rivers, Protecting Rivers, Water Supply
June 12, 2014 Contact: (Washington, DC) – New Mexico Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today introduced the New Mexico Drought Relief Act of 2014. The bill promotes innovative approaches to water management that will help keep water in rivers to benefit fish and wildlife while supporting rural economies.... Read More

Removal of Dam on Appomattox River to Benefit Native Fish in Virginia

Restoring Damaged Rivers
June 11. 2014 Contact: (Petersburg, VA)– Work is underway to remove the Harvell Dam on the Appomattox River—with removal of the concrete spillway scheduled to begin on July 15, 2014. As the first obstruction on the river, the Harvell Dam has long been deemed the most critical fish passage... Read More

American Rivers Applauds New EPA Rule On Carbon Pollution

Energy Development
June 2, 2014 Contact: (Washington, DC) – American Rivers applauded the Obama Administration today for taking a major step in the fight against global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency released a draft proposal to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants. Power plants are responsible for 40 percent of U.S.... Read More

USDA Prioritizes Private Lands and Watershed Scale Conservation in Key River Basins

Restoring Damaged Rivers, Water Supply
May 27, 2014 Contact: (Washington, DC) – American Rivers today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service for taking an important step towards restoring rivers and ensuring clean water supplies, while protecting the nation’s working farms and rural economies. NRCS announced its Regional Conservation Partnership Program,... Read More

Legislation introduced to authorize Klamath River Restoration Agreements

Protecting Rivers, Restoring Damaged Rivers
May 24, 2014 Contact: (Washington, DC) – One of the nation’s biggest river restoration efforts will get a major boost today thanks to Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introducing legislation to authorize the Klamath River Restoration Agreements.... Read More

American Rivers Kicks Off National River Cleanup® Season

National River Cleanup®
May 24, 2014 Contact: (Washington, DC) – American Rivers, the nation’s leading voice for healthy rivers and clean water, today announced the 2014 kickoff of National River Cleanup®, a program that mobilizes volunteers across the country to clean up trash from local rivers and streams. Thanks to National River... Read More

Water Resources Bill Brings New Challenges for River Protection

Protecting Rivers
May 22, 2014 Contact: (Washington, DC) – The Senate voted today to approve HR 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA). The bill, which President Obama is expected to sign, makes major changes to how Army Corps of Engineers water projects are reviewed under cornerstone... Read More

San Francisquito Creek Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014

Most Endangered Rivers
April 9, 2014 Contact: (Washington, DC) – American Rivers named San Francisquito Creek among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014 today, shining a national spotlight on the impact Stanford University’s antiquated Searsville Dam is having on the health of the creek and its fish and wildlife. “The America’s Most Endangered... Read More

Middle Mississippi River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014

Most Endangered Rivers
April 9, 2014 Contact: (Washington, DC) – American Rivers named the Middle Mississippi River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014 today, shining a national spotlight on the threat a new levee at the New Madrid Floodway poses to wildlife habitat and downstream flood safety. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers... Read More