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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

Governor’s report on Lower Snake dams is roadmap toward uniting around shared values

American Rivers statement December 20, 2019Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Seattle — Washington Governor Jay Inslee today released a report detailing findings from the Lower Snake River Dams Stakeholder Process. The effort has engaged local, state, tribal and federal leaders and stakeholders around addressing issues associated with the possible breaching... Read More

Statement of American Rivers on the passing of Claude Terry

November 25, 2019Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers, released the following statement on the passing of Director Emeritus Claude Terry, one of the founders of American Rivers, and a lifelong champion for river conservation: “Claude is a river hero, one of the great champions of... Read More

Wildlife Refuge Boundary Modification Strengthens Communities in the Face of Climate Change

Climate Change & Rivers, Discover Rivers
Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge advances coastal resilience, habitat and recreation opportunities November 12, 2019 Contact: Janae Davis, Winyah Bay Coordinator, American Rivers(843) 999-0182, jdavis@americanrivers.org Craig Sasser, Refuge Manager, Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge(843)527-8069, marshall_sasser@fws.gov Communities in coastal South Carolina will benefit from innovative land protections, announced by the Waccamaw National... Read More

Conservation Groups Challenge Repeal of Clean Water Act Protections in Federal Court

Press Release from American Rivers, Charleston Waterkeeper, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Clean Water Action, Defenders of Wildlife, Friends of the Rappahannock, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council, North Carolina Coastal Federation, North Carolina Wildlife Federation, South Carolina Coastal Conservation League and the Southern Environmental Law Center For Release: October 23,... Read More