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Bloede Dam removal project complete: Patapsco River surges back to life

Dam Removal, Restoring Damaged Rivers
July 31, 2019 Contact: Serena McClain, American Rivers, 202-347-7550 Gregg Bortz, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, 410-260-8001 Jennie Lyons, NOAA, 301-427-8013 David Eisenhauer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 413-253-8492 Washington – One of the most important dam removal projects in the Mid-Atlantic is officially complete. Project partners announced today... Read More

President Trump’s environment speech: statement from American Rivers

Climate Change & Rivers, Science
July 8, 2019 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Statement by Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers: “President Trump’s claim today that ensuring clean water has been a top priority from day one of his administration is truly fake news. From the outset, the Trump administration has used every means at... Read More

Major levee breaks in Missouri: Statement by American Rivers

May 31, 2019 Contact: Olivia Dorothy,  217-390-3658, Amy Kober, 503-708-1145, A major levee in Missouri was overwhelmed last night, across from the town of Quincy, Illinois. The overtopping of the Union Township Levee sent floodwaters into farms, homes and businesses. The levee breach is another hit to Mississippi River... Read More

Hurricane Season: Restore rivers to protect people and property

May 22, 2019 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145, As we enter hurricane season along the Atlantic coast, American Rivers is underscoring the importance of restoring healthy rivers and giving rivers room as the best way to protect people and property from flooding. “The Carolinas have been hit with devastating hurricanes... Read More

Record flooding on Mississippi River

May 3, 2019 Contact: Olivia Dorothy, 217-390-3658, Amy Kober, 503-708-1145, “In this moment, I pray the levees hold.  But as I look to our future, I know these floods will happen again and sooner than we expect.  With this in mind, I call on state and federal... Read More


Most Endangered Rivers
List highlights threat climate change poses to rivers, water supplies, public safety American Rivers spotlights national success story on Ohio’s Cuyahoga River Contact: Amy Kober, American Rivers, 503-708-1145 Washington, DC – American Rivers today released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, identifying ten rivers facing imminent... Read More

Gila River named America’s Most Endangered River of 2019

Most Endangered Rivers
Climate change and proposed diversion threaten New Mexico’s last wild river Contact: Sinjin Eberle, American Rivers, 720-373-0864 Allyson Siwik, Gila Conservation Coalition, 575-590-7619 Todd Schulke, Center for Biological Diversity, 575-574-5962 Donna Stevens, Upper Gila Watershed Alliance, 575-590-5698 Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today named the Gila River #1 on... Read More

Upper Mississippi River named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2019

Most Endangered Rivers
Climate change and illegal levee development threaten public safety, river health Contact: Eileen Shader, American Rivers, (570) 856-1128 Elliot Brinkman, Prairie Rivers Network, (217) 344-2371, x202 Christine Favilla, Sierra Club, (618) 462-6802 David Stokes, Great River Habitat Alliance, (314) 918-1007 Melissa Samet, National Wildlife Federation, (415) 762-8264 Rob Moore,... Read More

South Fork Salmon Named Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2019

Most Endangered Rivers
Mining threatens clean water, salmon for second year in a row Contact: Mike Fiebig, American Rivers, (406) 600-4061 Kevin Lewis, Idaho Rivers United, (208) 343-7481 Evan Stafford, American Whitewater, (970) 420-5377 Washington, D.C. – For the second year in a row, American Rivers named the South Fork of the... Read More

Chilkat River named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2019

Most Endangered Rivers
Mining threatens salmon, culture and economy Contact: Jessie Thomas-Blate, American Rivers, (202) 347-7550 Dr. Gershon Cohen, Alaska Clean Water Advocacy, (907) 314-0228 Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today named the Chilkat River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2019, citing the grave threat that mining poses to the river’s salmon,... Read More

American Rivers names Cleveland’s Cuyahoga “River of the Year”

Most Endangered Rivers
Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 (Washington) – Celebrating the progress that has been made to clean up Cleveland, Ohio’s Cuyahoga River, and marking the 50th anniversary of the river’s fire that sparked the nation’s environmental movement, American Rivers today named the Cuyahoga “River of the Year” for 2019. “The Cuyahoga... Read More