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Congress must act to ensure safe, clean, affordable water for all

American Rivers and River Network call for ban on water shut-offs and restoration of water services for the duration of the coronavirus public health emergency, investment in critical water infrastructure March 27, 2020 Contact: Destinee Henton, American Rivers, 216-400-8572Sheyda Esnaashari, River Network, 612-512-4591 Read the policy statement As the coronavirus pandemic threatens... Read More

State of Montana Gives Go Ahead For Copper Mine In Smith River Headwaters

Protecting Rivers
American Rivers statement March 13, 2020Contact: Scott Bosse, 406-570-0455, sbosse@americanrivers.org Helena, MT – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality today released its long-awaited final environmental impact statement (EIS) on the Black Butte Copper Mine in the headwaters of the Smith River. The EIS concluded that the mine could be... Read More

American Rivers applauds King County Flood Control District for leadership on flood protection, salmon recovery

Most Endangered Rivers, Protecting Rivers
Upthegrove votes to save one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers March 10, 2020Contact: Brandon Parsons (512) 517-4001 Seattle – American Rivers today praised the King County Flood Control District and Council Member Dave Upthegrove for voting to approve a forward-thinking vision to safeguard communities from flooding while simultaneously supporting... Read More

Draft Columbia-Snake plan won’t deliver for salmon, communities, economy

Northwest needs new thinking, collaborative solutions February 25, 2020Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Portland – This Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and Bonneville Power Administration will release a draft environmental impact statement addressing the latest plan for operations of the hydropower dams on the... Read More

Oregon Leadership Key to Achieving Regional Salmon Recovery Solution

February 16, 2020Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Portland — Oregon has a distinguished reputation as a leader in protecting and restoring healthy rivers and wild salmon, and Governor Kate Brown continues to uphold and strengthen this legacy. Her February 11 letter to Washington Governor Jay Inslee demonstrates her strong commitment... Read More

Landmark Bill Protecting more than 1,000 Miles of Rivers Passes U.S. House

Wild and Scenic Rivers
February 13, 2020Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday voted to protect more than 1,000 miles of rivers with Wild and Scenic River designations. The public lands legislation, Protecting America’s Wilderness Act (H.R. 2546), includes Wild and Scenic safeguards for rivers including the San Gabriel and... Read More

A Record 26 States Removed Dams in 2019

Dam Removal, Restoring Damaged Rivers
90 Dams Removed Last Year to Revive Rivers and Strengthen Communities February 13, 2020Contact: Jessie Thomas-Blate, 609-658-4769; Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Video: dam removal in the U.S.List of dams removed in 2019Database of all dam removalsMap of all dam removals (Washington) – A record 26 states participated in removing dams... Read More

California Governor Gavin Newsom announces new framework for collaborative approach to Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta Conservation

Statement of American Rivers President and CEO Bob IrvinFebruary 4, 2020Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 California Governor Gavin Newsom announced today that his water team has proposed a new framework for reaching an agreement among California cities, farms and conservation interests to restore fish and wildlife in the San Francisco... Read More

American Rivers Statement on Trump Administration’s “Dirty Water” Rule

January 23, 2020 Contact: Chris Williams, 202-347-7550 The Trump Administration today announced the release of its Revised Definition of the Waters of the United States, a sweeping federal rule that drastically weakens the reach and authority of the Clean Water Act to protect the Nation’s rivers, small streams and... Read More

Trump Administration announces plan to weaken the National Environmental Policy Act

January 9, 2020Contact: Sinjin Eberle, 720-373-0864 The Trump Administration today announced plans to significantly weaken implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), one of the nation’s bedrock environmental laws. Enacted in 1970, NEPA requires that federal agencies assess the environmental impacts of any federal or federally-funded project, such... Read More