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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

Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin Named #1 “Most Endangered”

Most Endangered Rivers, Water Supply
April 16, 2016 Contact: Ben Emanuel, American Rivers, 404-373-3980 Dan Tonsmeire, Apalachicola Riverkeeper, 850-508-7787 Jason Ulseth, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, 404-924-4505 Gordon Rogers, Flint Riverkeeper, 912-223-6761 Mitch Reid, Alabama Rivers Alliance, 205-322-6395 (Washington, DC) American Rivers today announced its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, naming the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint... Read More

Susquehanna River Named #3 “Most Endangered”

Most Endangered Rivers
Aprils 13, 2016 Contact: (Washington, D.C) American Rivers named the Susquehanna River number three on its list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2016 today, shining a national spotlight on the impacts of Conowingo Dam and federal legislation that would take away Maryland’s authority to hold dam operators accountable... Read More

Big win for the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon

Conserving Clean Water, Most Endangered Rivers, Wild and Scenic Rivers
March 5, 2016 Contact: (Washington, DC) American Rivers applauded the U.S. Forest Service today for acting to protect the sensitive water resources of the Grand Canyon. The agency denied a request by the town of Tusayan for road and utility easements, essentially stopping a major development project that could... Read More

62 Dams Removed In 2015, Benefitting Rivers And Communities Nationwide

Climate Change & Rivers, Restoring Damaged Rivers
American Rivers Reports On Last Year’s Successes, Highlights Dam Removal Role In Climate Resiliency February 9, 2016 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 or Jessie Thomas-Blate, 609-658-4769 (Washington, DC) Communities in 21 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 62 dams in 2015, restoring more than... Read More