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Conservation Groups File Federal Lawsuit to Uphold Law, Science & Public Participation

Lawsuit challenges Army Corps’ unlawful approval of Yazoo Pumps FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 14, 2021 CONTACTS Stu Gillespie | Earthjustice | (303) 996-9616 | sgillespie@earthjustice.orgJill Mastrototaro | Audubon Mississippi | (504) 481-3659 | jill.mastrototaro@audubon.orgOlivia Dorothy | American Rivers | (217) 390-3658 | odorothy@americanrivers.orgAndrew Whitehurst | Healthy Gulf | (601) 954-7236... Read More

American Rivers applauds nomination of Tommy Beaudreau as Deputy Interior Secretary

April 14, 2021 Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145  President Biden announced today that he will nominate Tommy Beaudreau as Deputy Interior Secretary. Tom Kiernan, President and CEO of American Rivers, made the following statement: “We congratulate Tommy Beaudreau on his nomination as Deputy Interior Secretary. I have worked with Tommy for... Read More

Turkey Creek named among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Harmful development threatens historic communities Contacts:   Olivia Dorothy, American Rivers, 217-390-3658, odorothy@americanrivers.org Yvonne Story, Education, Economics, Environmental, Climate and Health Organization (EEECHO), 228-223-6885, eeecho@cableone.net Victoria Thornton Sharpe, National Council of Negro Women, 228-234-0221, vtsharpe@bellsouth.net Derrick Evans, Turkey Creek Community Initiatives, 617-688-0846, tccidirector@gmail.com Alexis Hidalgo, Anthropocene Alliance, 305-781-5147,  Alexis@AnthropoceneAlliance.org... Read More

Raccoon River named among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Factory farm pollution threatens drinking water  Contacts:Olivia Dorothy, American Rivers, odorothy@americanrivers.org, 217-390-3658Phoebe Galt, Food & Water Watch, pgalt@fwwatch.org, 207-400-1275Abigail Landhuis, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, abigail@iowacci.org, 515-250-048 Washington, D.C. – Today, American Rivers declared Iowa’s Raccoon River one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2021, citing the grave threat that... Read More

Ipswich River named among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Excessive water withdrawals threaten regional water security Contacts:Shanyn Viars, American Rivers, sviars@americanrivers.org, 607-426-8283Patrick Lynch, Ipswich River Watershed Association, plynch@ipswichriver.org, 978-412-8200 Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today named the Ipswich River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2021, citing the grave threat that excessive water withdrawals pose to ecosystem health and... Read More

California’s McCloud River Named One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Proposed raising of Shasta Dam threatens Indigenous culture and ecological health Contacts:Amy Merrill, American Rivers, 510-809-8010, amerrill@americanrivers.orgGary Mulcahy, Winnemem Wintu Tribe, 916-214-8493, gary@ranchriver.comRon Stork, Friends of the River, 916-442-3155 X220, rstork@friendsoftheriver.org Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today named Northern California’s McCloud River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2021... Read More

Tar Creek named among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Toxic pollution threatens public health Contacts:Jessie Thomas-Blate, American Rivers, 609-658-4769, jthomas@americanrivers.orgRebecca Jim, Local Environmental Action Demanded (LEAD) Agency, 918-520-6720, leadagency@att.net  Dr. Bob Nairn, Center for Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds, University of Oklahoma, 405-325-3354, nairn@ou.eduAlexis Hidalgo, Anthropocene Alliance, 305-781-5147, Alexis@AnthropoceneAlliance.org     Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today named Tar... Read More

Pecos River named among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Mining threatens clean water, cultural values Contacts:Sinjin Eberle, American Rivers, 720-373-0864, seberle@americanrivers.orgFrank “Pancho” Adelo, Upper Pecos Watershed Association, 505-757-3600, upwa@pecoswatershed.orgRalph Vigil, NM Acequia Commission & Local Organic Farmer, 505-603-2879, molinodelaisla@gmail.comJoseph “Brophy” Toledo, Jemez/Pecos Pueblo, 505-382-9589, facebroz@gmail.com Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today named the Pecos River among America’s Most... Read More

South River named among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Sewage pollution threatens public health, perpetuates injustice April 13, 2021 Contacts:   Ben Emanuel, American Rivers, 706-340-8868, bemanuel@americanrivers.orgJackie Echols, South River Watershed Alliance, 404-285-3756, southriverwatershedalliance@gmail.com Revonda Cosby, Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance, 404-561-3323, revonda@arabiaalliance.org  Marlena Reed, The Nature Conservancy, 404-253-7246, marlena.reed@tnc.org Brionte´ McCorkle, Georgia Conservation Voters, 404-333-8784, brionte@gcvoters.org Jason Dozier, Intrenchment Creek Community... Read More

Boundary Waters named among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Copper mining threatens clean water, local economy, cultural values Contacts: Jessie Thomas-Blate, American Rivers, jthomas@americanrivers.org, (609) 658-4769 Jeremy Drucker, Save the Boundary Waters, jeremy@savetheboundarywaters.org, (612) 670-9650 Jen Parravani, The Wilderness Society, jparravani@tws.org, (202) 601-1931 Tania Lown-Hecht, Outdoor Alliance, tania@outdooralliance.org, (202) 780-9650 Brett Mayer, American Canoe Association, bmayer@americancanoe.org, (434) 409-9026... Read More

Lower Missouri River named among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Poor flood management threatens public safety Contacts: Eileen Shader, American Rivers, 570-856-1128, eshader@americanrivers.org Paul Lepisto, Izaak Walton League of America, 605-224-1770, plepisto@iwla.orgGeorge Cunningham, Sierra Club Nebraska, 402-669-2236, cunningham.geo@gmail.comCaroline Pufalt, Missouri River Network, Sierra Club, 314-721-7207, carolinepufalt@gmail.comRachel Bartels, Missouri Confluence Waterkeeper, 314-884-1473, rachel@mowaterkeeper.org Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today named... Read More

Snake River named America’s Most Endangered River for 2021

Salmon recovery action must be part of national infrastructure investment April 13, 2021  Contact: Amy Souers Kober, American Rivers, 503-708-1145, akober@americanrivers.orgRein Atteman, Washington Environmental Council, 206-631-2625, rein@wecprotects.org Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today named the Snake River America’s #1 Most Endangered River of 2021, pointing to perilously low returns... Read More