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FERC advances Klamath River dam removal

Dam Removal, Hydropower, Restoring Damaged Rivers
Key regulatory step toward restoration of free-flowing Klamath River July 17, 2020 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission yesterday approved the transfer of the license for the Klamath River dams from PacifiCorp to the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) for the purpose of dam removal, conditioned... Read More

H.R. 7410 bad for rivers and communities; wrong approach for hydro

Hydropower, Restoring Damaged Rivers
July 17, 2020 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 The “Hydropower Clean Energy Future Act” introduced by Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-WA) would roll back critical river and clean water protections, cut the public out of decision-making and put rivers nationwide at risk, American Rivers warned today. “This legislation is a misguided... Read More

American Rivers President and CEO Bob Irvin to retire in January 2021

July 16, 2020 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 American Rivers announced today that Wm. Robert (Bob) Irvin will retire as President and CEO in January 2021. “Bob’s leadership and vision will be greatly missed,” said John Haydock, Chairman of the American Rivers Board of Directors. “Over the past nine years,... Read More

NEPA rollback puts clean water and communities at risk

Conserving Clean Water, Protecting Rivers, Science, Water Pollution
July 15, 2020 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 President Trump today will announce sweeping rollbacks to the National Environmental Policy Act that put clean water and river health at risk, and threaten public health, particularly in Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities nationwide. NEPA is one of our country’s cornerstone federal... Read More

Outdoor recreation and conservation advocates challenge EPA rule granting industry priority over state, public in clean water decisions

For immediate releaseJuly 13, 2020 Contacts:Andrew Hawley, Western Environmental Law Center, 206-487-7250, hawley@westernlaw.orgAmy Kober, American Rivers, 503-708-1145, akober@americanrivers.orgBob Nasdor, American Whitewater, 617-584-4566, bob@americanwhitewater.orgNic Nelson, Idaho Rivers United, 208-343-7481, nic@idahorivers.orgWalter “Redgie” Collins, California Trout, 415-748-8755, SEATTLE—Citing breathtaking levels of overreach, conservation, fishing, and paddling advocates today filed a complaint in... Read More

Healthy rivers key to nation’s economic recovery

Report: Investment in water infrastructure and healthy rivers creates jobs, strengthens communities American Rivers calls for $500 billion in federal spending for water infrastructure, river restoration July 1, 2020 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Report, poster series, factsheets and infographics available at: Washington – An answer to our nation’s... Read More

Middle Fork Nooksack River Fish Passage Project Begins

Dam Removal, Restoring Damaged Rivers
Construction crews mobilize to remove dam, restore free-flowing river and fish passage June 17, 2020 Contact: Amy Kober, American Rivers 503-708-1145, Renee LaCroix, City of Bellingham, Bellingham – Construction crews have begun working to remove the Middle Fork Nooksack Dam, a top priority project for salmon recovery... Read More

Dam failure in Michigan – American Rivers statement

Dam Removal, Restoring Damaged Rivers, Science
May 20, 2020 Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 A dam failed in Michigan yesterday, forcing thousands of residents to evacuate their homes. The Edenville Dam, which failed, and the Sanford Dam, which was compromised, are on the Tittabawassee River, a tributary of the Saginaw River. The failures followed days of... Read More

Wild and Scenic legislation introduced to safeguard endangered river

Senators Udall and Heinrich introduce legislation to protect New Mexico’s Gila River May 12, 2020Contact: Mike Fiebig, 406-600-4061; David Moryc, 503-307-1137 Responding to strong community support, Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today introduced legislation to add New Mexico’s Gila River to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The bill... Read More

American Rivers statement on introduction of Clean Water for All Act

May 8, 2020Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 Acting to safeguard drinking water for millions of Americans, House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Water Resources Subcommittee Chairwoman Grace Napolitano (D-CA) today introduced the Clean Water For All Act, to repeal the Trump administration’s Dirty Water Rule. The Dirty Water Rule removes Clean Water... Read More