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American Rivers Statement on Nomination of Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator

December 7, 2016 Contact Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington, DC – President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) raises major concerns for clean drinking water and river health nationwide, American Rivers said today. President-elect Trump announced he will nominate Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt, who... Read More

Dakota Access Pipeline Easement Denied: Victory for Standing Rock

Water Pollution
December 4, 2016 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145, Statement of Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers Washington – In a victory for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and clean water advocates, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Sunday that it would not grant an easement for the Dakota... Read More

American Rivers Statement in Support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Right to Clean Water

Protecting Rivers, Water Supply
November 3, 2016 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145, Public petition at (Washington, DC) – American Rivers today voiced its strong support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s right to clean water and protection of sacred sites. The national river conservation organization called on the U.S. Army Corps of... Read More

Aspen Files Plan to Build Two Large Dams on Maroon and Castle Creeks

Protecting Rivers, Water Supply
November 1, 2016 Contact: Matt Rice, 803-422-5244 (Aspen, CO) – The City of Aspen has filed an application with the Colorado Water Court to maintain water rights to develop two large water storage dams on two of Aspen’s most treasured streams. If built, the proposed 150-foot dam on Maroon Creek... Read More

National Conservation, Sportsmen Groups Applaud Bureau of Reclamation Efforts to Reward Projects that Protect the Health of Rivers

Grants, Most Endangered Rivers, Protecting Rivers, Water Supply
October 31, 2016 Contact: Margaret Delaney,, 202-800-8689 Public Comment Period for WaterSMART Grant Criteria Closes with Thousands of Comments in Favor of Prioritizing Projects that Keep Water in Our Rivers National conservation and sportsmen groups applauded recent proposed changes from the Bureau of Reclamation intended to prioritize projects... Read More

American Rivers statement on flooding across North and South Carolina

Floods & Floodplains, Restoring Damaged Rivers
October 13, 2016 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 (Columbia, SC) — Hurricane Matthew’s impacts continue to devastate communities across North and South Carolina. Widespread flooding and more than 20 dam failures have put the health and safety of millions at risk. This disaster comes just one year after South Carolina... Read More

New director to lead American Rivers conservation efforts in Pacific Northwest

Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 October 10, 2016 (Washington, DC) – American Rivers announced today that Wendy McDermott will assume the role of Director of the Puget Sound – Columbia Basin Program, leading the national river conservation organization’s efforts in the Pacific Northwest. McDermott was previously an associate director with... Read More

Lake Mead shortage declaration avoided

Climate Change & Rivers, Protecting Rivers, Water Supply
August 17, 2016 Contact: Today, the US Bureau of Reclamation decided against a shortage declaration on the Colorado River, based on water elevations in Nevada’s Lake Mead. While our nation’s largest man-made reservoir has hovered below the critical 1,075-foot elevation level for weeks, the forecast for increased water level... Read More

New Report: The Economic Value Of Riparian Buffers

Conserving Clean Water
April 28, 2016 Contact: Liz G. Deardorff, Director American Rivers, Clean Water Supply E: P: (717) 763-0742 American Rivers announces the availability of the report The Economic Value of Riparian Buffers, produced in partnership with the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland. Trees are one of... Read More