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Mining Threat Puts Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on List of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2018

Most Endangered Rivers, Protecting Rivers
Contacts: Jessie Thomas-Blate, American Rivers: (202) 347-7550 Lauren Eggert, Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters: (612) 419-3423 Lauren Berutich, Great Old Broads for Wilderness: (970) 385-9577 Chris Rackens, The Wilderness Society: (202) 429-2643 Mike Foreman, American Canoe Association: [email protected] Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today named the Boundary Waters Canoe... Read More

Big Sunflower River tops list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2018

Most Endangered Rivers, Protecting Rivers
Army Corps ‘Yazoo Pumps’ Project Would Burden Taxpayers, Destroy Vital Wetlands Contacts: Amy Kober, American Rivers, 503-708-1145 Andrew Whitehurst, Gulf Restoration Network, 601-954-7236 John Ruskey, Quapaw Canoe Company, 662-902-7841 Shannon McMulkin, Lower Mississippi River Foundation, 870-753-8954 Louie Miller, Sierra Club, 601-624-3503 Washington — American Rivers today named the... Read More

Record Year for Removing Dams to Restore Rivers in 2017

Restoring Damaged Rivers
86 Dams Removed Last Year to Improve Public Safety, River Health February 14, 2018 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 or Jessie Thomas-Blate, 609-658-4769 View the full list of dams removed in 2017: Database of all dam removals: Map of all dam removals: (Washington) – A record number... Read More

Conservation Groups Challenge Attack on Clean Water in Federal Court

Press Release from American Rivers, Charleston Waterkeeper, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Clean Water Action, Coastal Conservation League, Defenders of Wildlife, Friends of the Rappahannock, North Carolina Coastal Federation, North Carolina Wildlife Federation and the Southern Environmental Law Center For Release: February 6, 2018 Contacts: Southern Environmental Law Center, Kathleen Sullivan, 919-945-7106 or... Read More

Trump Administration Moves to Delay Implementation of Clean Water Rule

Protecting Rivers, Water Pollution, Water Supply
January 31, 2018 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington –The Trump Administration today formally delayed implementation of the Clean Water Rule, the latest in a series of judicial and administrative maneuvers that strip protection from small streams and wetlands and put the drinking water sources for one in three Americans... Read More

Draft Trump Plan Prioritizes Corporate Giveaways Over Clean Water

Climate Change & Rivers, Energy Development, Floods & Floodplains, Protecting Rivers, Stormwater and Sewage, Urban Waters, Water Pollution, Water Supply
January 27, 2018 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington – A draft infrastructure proposal from the White House would undercut critical clean water protections and fails to address the country’s looming water infrastructure crisis. “Weakening clean water protections to give advantages to polluters is the last thing our communities need,”... Read More

American Rivers Condemns Largest Rollback of Public Land Protections in U.S. History

Protecting Rivers
December 4, 2017 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington – American Rivers President Bob Irvin released the following statement today in response to President Trump’s announcement that he will roll back protections for major portions of Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. “Until today, we could... Read More

Trump Budget Puts Communities at Risk from Unsafe Dams

November 3, 2017 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Washington, DC – Communities nationwide will face increasing risk from outdated, unsafe dams if the Trump Administration cancels a vital program addressing dam safety. President Trump’s budget zeroes out the Bureau of Reclamation’s Dam Safety Program. This important program tracks how changing... Read More

American Rivers Dam Removal Database Now Available to Public

Restoring Damaged Rivers
November 14, 2017 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 or Jessie Thomas-Blate, 609-658-4769 View full database of dam removals (Washington) – Information on 1,403 dams that were removed from rivers in the United States over the past century is now available to the public. American Rivers collected the information and... Read More

Construction Begins on Bloede Dam Removal Project

Restoring Damaged Rivers
Effort will improve public safety, health of Patapsco River and Chesapeake Bay September 25, 2017 Contact: Serena McClain, American Rivers, 571-405-4506 Stephen Schatz, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, 410-260-8004 Stan Rogers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 301- 427-8633 David Eisenhauer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 413-253-8492 Washington, DC –... Read More