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National Conservation Area Legislation Introduced for the Dolores River

Protecting Rivers, Restoring Damaged Rivers
July 15, 2022 Contact: Mike Fiebig, mfiebig@americanrivers.org Senator Michael Bennet Introduced the Legislation which would protect 76 river miles and 74,006 acres of Public Lands Surrounding the Dolores River Dolores, CO – After nearly 20 years of collaborative work, Colorado Senator Michael Bennet introduced the Dolores River National Conservation... Read More

Supreme Court ruling raises major concerns for clean water

June 30, 2022  Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145  Today’s Supreme Court ruling in West Virginia v. EPA is a major blow to efforts to fight climate change. The ruling constrains EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions – a major contributor to climate change — from the power sector.   As Justice... Read More

Solutions exist for Snake River salmon and communities

American Rivers statement in response to Murray-Inslee draft report June 9, 2022 Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington Senator Patty Murray and Washington Governor Jay Inslee have released a draft report examining how the services of the four lower Snake River dams could be replaced, in the event the... Read More

Andy Sheehan joins American Rivers board of directors

June 7, 2022 Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145 American Rivers announced today that Andy Sheehan has been elected to its board of directors. Sheehan brings a breadth of expertise that will be instrumental in helping the organization achieve its vision of clean water and healthy rivers everywhere, for everyone.... Read More

American Rivers announces Dr. Pallavi Phartiyal as new Board Chair

June 6, 2022 Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145 American Rivers announced today that its board of directors has elected Dr. Pallavi Phartiyal as the organization’s new Board Chair. Phartiyal will be the first person of color to hold this office in the organization’s almost 50 year history. She has... Read More

American Rivers Statement on Mass Shootings and Racially Motivated Violent Extremism

May 16, 2022   Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145   In response to the racially motivated mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, Tom Kiernan, President of American Rivers, made the following statement:   We adamantly condemn yesterday’s racist attack targeting Buffalo, New York’s Black community. An 18-year-old white supremacist shot and killed 10 people and injured... Read More

Modernizing hydropower: Licensing and Reforms for a Clean Energy Future

Testimony before the Subcommittee on Energy of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce May 12, 2022 Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington – Tom Kiernan, President of American Rivers, testified today before the Subcommittee on Energy of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce, in a hearing titled,... Read More

American Rivers statement on appointment of Jalonne White-Newsome as Senior Director for Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice
May 6, 2022  Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145  The White House Council on Environmental Quality has announced Jalonne White-Newsome as Senior Director for Environmental Justice. Tom Kiernan, President of American Rivers, made the following statement:  “We congratulate Jalonne White-Newsome on her appointment to this historic role and applaud the Biden Administration’s commitment to environmental justice. White-Newsome’s leadership in the environmental justice movement and relentless... Read More

American Rivers Announces America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2022

Climate change, environmental injustice threaten rivers and communities nationwide. Report identifies solutions, calls for urgent action on ten endangered rivers. Contact: Amy Souers Kober, American Rivers, 503-708-1145 www.AmericanRivers.org/EndangeredRivers Washington, DC – American Rivers released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® today, spotlighting ten rivers where climate change... Read More

Los Angeles River named among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2022

Concrete and climate change threaten river health, clean water, community access Contact: Gary Belan, American Rivers, 202-243-7027Bruce Reznik, Los Angeles Waterkeeper, 619-851-9997Marissa Christiansen, Friends of the LA River, 323-223-0585 Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today named the Los Angeles (LA) River one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2022,... Read More

Oklahoma’s Tar Creek named among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2022

Toxic mining waste threatens clean water, public health Contact: Jessie Thomas-Blate, American Rivers, 202-243-7030 Rebecca Jim, Local Environmental Action Demanded (LEAD) Agency, 918-520-6720 Bob Nairn, Center for Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds, University of Oklahoma, 405-325-3354 Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today named Oklahoma’s Tar Creek one of America’s... Read More

San Pedro River named among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2022

Groundwater pumping, harmful development threaten endangered fish and wildlife  Contact: Sinjin Eberle, American Rivers, 720-373-0864 Geoffrey Nolan, Earthjustice, 202-740-7030  WASHINGTON, DC– Today, American Rivers named the San Pedro River one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2022, highlighting the threat that excessive groundwater pumping and harmful development pose to one... Read More