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69 dams removed in 2020, reconnecting 624 miles of rivers nationwide

Dam Removal
Increased federal investment in dam removal, river restoration would boost economy, benefit communities   February 18, 2021 Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145  (Washington) –  Sixty-nine dams were removed in 2020, revitalizing local economies and communities and restoring fish, wildlife and river health. Communities in 23 states, working in partnership with non-profit... Read More

American Rivers announces Tom Kiernan as CEO

Leader with decades of state and federal conservation experience to take the helm of nation’s premier river conservation organization. February 11, 2021Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 American Rivers has named Tom Kiernan, former CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and former President of the National Parks Conservation Association... Read More

Congressman Mike Simpson announces groundbreaking framework to restore Northwest salmon, bolster economy

February 7, 2021 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145  Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID) today announced a bold and potentially transformational proposal to revitalize the rivers and economy of the Pacific Northwest. The $33.5 billion package of immediate infrastructure investments would advance salmon recovery, clean energy, agriculture and create jobs and economic opportunity... Read More

Senator Ron Wyden Proposes Wild and Scenic River Protections Statewide

Wild and Scenic Rivers
The River Democracy Act of 2021 would preserve clean drinking water, habitat and recreation February 3, 2021 Contact: David Moryc, 503-307-1137 Amy Kober, 503-708-1145  American Rivers applauded Oregon’s senior U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today for introducing historic legislation that would protect Oregon’s clean drinking water, fish and wildlife habitat and economically important outdoor recreation by designating 4,702 miles of Oregon’s rivers on... Read More

Conservation Groups to EPA: Assault on Law, Science, and Public Voice Will Not Be Tolerated

Federal lawsuit filed to uphold EPA’s Yazoo Pumps veto  CONTACT:Audubon Mississippi – Jill Mastrototaro, (504) 481-3659,  American Rivers – Olivia Dorothy, (217) 390-3658, Earthjustice – Stu Gillespie, (303) 996-9616, Healthy Gulf – Andrew Whitehurst, (601) 954-7236, Mississippi Sierra Club – Louie Miller, (601) 624-3503,   Washington, DC – Today, a coalition of conservation organizations filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s last-minute revocation of a Clean Water Act veto that has protected some the richest wetland and aquatic resources... Read More

Stimulus legislation includes big wins for clean water and healthy rivers

December 21, 2020 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145  Washington – American Rivers applauded the U.S. Congress today for including critical provisions for clean water and healthy rivers in economic stimulus legislation. The Consolidated Appropriations Act includes the Water Resources Development Act as well as key actions for western water, which are important... Read More

American Rivers statement on nomination of Michael Regan to lead EPA

December 18, 2020  Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145   Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers, released the following statement today in response to President-elect Joe Biden’s nomination of Michael Regan, who currently heads the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency:   “We congratulate Michael Regan on his nomination to lead... Read More

Conservation Groups Denounce Federal Steamrolling of Law, Science, and Public Voice As Final Yazoo Pumps Study Released

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 11, 2020  CONTACT: Audubon Mississippi – Jill Mastrototaro, (504) 481-3659, American Rivers – Olivia Dorothy, (217) 390-3658, Healthy Gulf – Andrew Whitehurst, (601) 954-7236, Mississippi Sierra Club – Louie Miller, (601) 624-3503,  JACKSON, Miss. – Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) hastily released... Read More