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American Rivers Slams Rollback of Stream Protection Rule

February 16, 2017 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington, DC – President Trump today signed into law a measure that will allow more coal mining waste to foul streams, pollute drinking water supplies and threaten the health of communities across Appalachia. The law overturns the Stream Protection Rule, which provided... Read More

72 Dams Removed in 2016, Improving Safety for River Communities

Floods & Floodplains, Protecting Rivers, Restoring Damaged Rivers, Water Supply
February 16, 2017 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 or Jessie Thomas-Blate, 609-658-4769 (Washington) – Communities in 21 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 72 dams in 2016, restoring more than 2,100 miles of streams to benefit public safety, local economies and our nation’s... Read More

American Rivers Statement on Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Basin Ruling

Most Endangered Rivers, Water Supply
Contact: Ben Emanuel, 706-340-8868 or Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 February 15, 2017 Washington – A ruling this week on management of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, named America’s Most Endangered River in 2016, shows the effort to restore river health and ensure secure water supplies is far from over. The Special... Read More

Nevada Dam Failure and Hole in Oroville Dam Spillway Highlight Problems With Aging Dams

Climate Change & Rivers, Floods & Floodplains, Restoring Damaged Rivers
February 10, 2017 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington, DC – The failure of a dam in northern Nevada yesterday and the appearance of a 30-foot deep hole in the spillway of the nation’s tallest dam – Oroville Dam in California – highlight the crumbling of our nation’s water infrastructure... Read More

Trump Administration to Grant Final Permit for Dakota Access Pipeline

Conserving Clean Water, Protecting Rivers, Water Supply
February 6, 2017 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington, DC – Reversing a decision it made in December, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it will approve the easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross the Missouri River. Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers, made the... Read More

American Rivers Statement on Senate Committee’s Vote to Support Pruitt for EPA

Protecting Rivers, Water Supply
February 2, 2017 Contact:  
Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington, DC – The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today, with no Democrats present, supported the confirmation of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In response, Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers,... Read More

Victory for Mississippi River, one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®

Most Endangered Rivers, Protecting Rivers
January 19, 2017 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington, DC – American Rivers applauded the Obama Administration today for acting to protect the health of the Mississippi River and protect communities from flood damage. The agencies agreed not to move forward with a decades-long effort by the Army Corps of... Read More

Advocates Agree: EPA Nominee Pruitt a Disaster for Nation’s Air, Water

Protecting Rivers
January 18, 2016 Contact: Amy Kober, American Rivers, 503-708-1145 Heads of 19 Environmental, Conservation Groups Come Out Against Pruitt’s Nomination Washington, DC – The CEOs from 19 leading environmental and conservation organizations together came out today to oppose the nomination of Scott Pruitt for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency... Read More

Colorado River restoration project secures $8 million grant

Most Endangered Rivers, Protecting Rivers, Restoring Damaged Rivers
December 23, 2016 Contact: Drew Peternell, (303) 204-3057, dpeternell@tu.org. Matt Rice, (803) 422-5244, mrice@americanrivers.org, Paul Bruchez, (907) 531-2008, reedercreekranch@gmail.com (Kremmling, CO)—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) this week announced $7.75 million in funding for an ambitious slate of projects to address the impacts on the... Read More

Victory for Boundary Waters, one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Protecting Rivers
December 15, 2016 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington, DC – Reacting to the announcement that the Obama Administration will block development of a copper and nickel mine near Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers, made the following statement: “American Rivers named the Boundary... Read More

Interior Secretary Must Prioritize River Conservation

Protecting Rivers
December 14, 2016 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington, DC – President-elect Donald Trump has selected Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) as his nominee for Secretary of the Interior, to oversee conservation and management of thousands of miles of rivers and 500 million acres of public lands including national parks, wildlife... Read More