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Coosa River named among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2022

Industrial agricultural pollution threatens clean water, recreation economy Contact: Ben Emanuel, American Rivers, 706-340-8868Justinn Overton, Coosa Riverkeeper, 205-981-6565Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman, Upper Coosa Riverkeeper/Coosa River Basin Initiative, 706-232-2724 Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today named the Coosa River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2022, highlighting the threat that industrial agricultural... Read More

Maine’s Atlantic Salmon Rivers named among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2022

Contact:Jessie Thomas-Blate, American Rivers, 202-243-7030Brett Ciccotelli, Downeast Salmon Federation, 207-812-0288Landis Hudson, Maine Rivers, 207-831-3223John Burrows, Atlantic Salmon Federation, 207-415-6637 Washington, D.C. – Maine’s Atlantic salmon rivers were today listed among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2022. This designation highlights antiquated dams on the Kennebec, Union and Penobscot rivers— all... Read More

Mobile River named among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2022

Coal ash pollution threatens clean water, public health Contact: Ben Emanuel, American Rivers, 706-340-8868 Carol Adams-Davis, Sierra Club, 702-496-5050, Cade Kistler, Mobile Baykeeper, 251-433-4229Keith Johnston, Southern Environmental Law Center, 205-745-3060Joe Womack, Africatown-CHESS (Clean, Healthy, Educated, Safe, Sustainable), 251-404-9558Ramsey Sprague, (MEJAC) Mobile Environmental Justice Action Coalition, 682-556-0553Charline Whyte, Sierra Club-... Read More

Snake River named among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2022

Four dams driving salmon to extinction, violating treaties with Northwest tribes  Contact: Amy Souers Kober, American Rivers, 503-708-1145 Zachary DeWolf, Washington Environmental Council, 206-631-2629  Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today named the Snake River one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2022, highlighting the threat that four federal dams pose... Read More

Colorado River named America’s #1 Most Endangered River of 2022

Climate change, overallocation threatens water source for seven states, 30 Tribal Nations and Mexico Contact: Matt Rice, American Rivers, 803-422-5244 Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today named the Colorado River the #1 Most Endangered River in the country, highlighting the threat climate change and outdated water management pose to... Read More

Mississippi River named among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2022

Calling for a new federal Mississippi River initiative from headwaters to the gulf, groups say it’s time to restore the river and support resilient river communities Contact:Olivia Dorothy, American Rivers, 217-390-3658Kelly McGinnis, Mississippi River Network, 708-305-3524*Please see below for additional quotes and contacts for each state as well as... Read More

Groups Seek to Improve the Hydropower Licensing Process, Restore Authority to Native American Tribes

Hydropower
Proposed package will support river conversation, hydropower development and expand authority for Tribal Nations Contact:  LeRoy Coleman, National Hydropower Association, 202-413-4605 Amy Souers Kober, American Rivers, 503-708-1145 Washington, D.C. (April 4) – Conservation organizations, hydropower industry groups, and Tribes today sent a package to Congress and the White House to improve hydropower licensing, relicensing and license... Read More

KLAMATH DAM REMOVAL PROCESS ENTERS HOME STRETCH

Dam Removal
P R E S S   R E L E A S E Karuk Tribe • Yurok Tribe• American RiversTrout Unlimited • Institute for Fisheries Resources • California Trout Sustainable Northwest • Salmon River Restoration Council • Native Fish Society • Northern California Council, Flyfishers International • Friends of the Shasta... Read More

American Rivers releases “Free Rivers: The State of Dam Removal in the U.S.”

Dam Removal, Restoring Damaged Rivers
57 dams removed in 2021  25 “dam removals to watch” for 2022 and beyond  February 22, 2022  Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145  Removing dams has tremendous benefits for river health, public safety and climate resilience, according to Free Rivers: The State of Dam Removal in the U.S. released today by American... Read More

American Rivers welcomes five new board directors

February 14, 2022 Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145 (Washington, DC) – American Rivers today announced that five new members were elected to its board of directors. The new directors bring a breadth of expertise that will be instrumental in helping the organization achieve its vision of clean water and... Read More