American Rivers

American Rivers is the only national organization standing up for healthy rivers so our communities can thrive. Through national advocacy, innovative solutions and our growing network of strategic partners, we protect and promote our rivers as valuable assets that are vital to our health, safety and quality of life.

Founded in 1973, American Rivers has more than 65,000 members and supporters nationwide, with offices in Washington, DC and the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, California and Northwest regions.

Releases by this organization

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Thursday, July 23, 2009
Landmark Hydro Agreement Will Boost Safety and Health of Saluda and Congaree Rivers
Water quality, public safety, fish and wildlife, and recreation on the Saluda and Congaree rivers will get a major boost thanks to a settlement agreement American Rivers negotiated with the South Carolina Electric and Gas Company (SCE&G) for the Saluda Hydroelectric Project, also known as the Lake Murray Dam. American Rivers and several other partners will sign the agreement at a ceremony tomorrow.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009
American Rivers Applauds Introduction of Multi-Billion Dollar Water Trust Fund
American Rivers today applauded Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) for introducing legislation that establishes a Water Trust Fund to invest in fixing the nation's outdated drinking water and sewage treatment systems. The bipartisan legislation, the Water Protection and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 3202), establishes a $10 billion annual fund for repairing America's aging pipes and overburdened sewer systems, which pose serious threats to public health and the environment, and the security of the nation's communities.
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Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Hearing Tomorrow on State Water Permit for Catawba-Wateree Dams
A hearing will be held tomorrow to address the concerns of American Rivers and the Coastal Conservation League over a recent water quality permit issued by the South Carolina's Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). The groups said last month that DHEC isn't doing enough to protect the health of the Catawba and Wateree rivers at five dams operated by Duke Energy. The state permit carries mandatory conditions for a new 30-50 year operating license sought by Duke Energy for its Catawba-Wateree Hydroelectric Project.
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Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Go Green This Summer: Save Water, Save Money, and Prevent Pollution
Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan residents have a great opportunity to save money and water by purchasing discounted rain barrels, thanks to a partnership between American Rivers, the Toledo Stormwater Program, the Rain Garden Initiative of Toledo – Lucas County, and The New England Rain Barrel Company.
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Friday, June 26, 2009
American Rivers Calls for Water Management Overhaul, Supports Disaster Relief on Eve of Secretary Salazar’s Visit to Fresno
American Rivers today called for fundamental changes to the way water is managed in the Sacramento-San Joaquin river system to improve conditions for farms, fisheries and the environment, on the eve of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's visit to drought-stricken Fresno. The nation's leading river conservation organization also pledged to support disaster-relief efforts to help Central Valley farming communities and coastal fishing families who have been impacted by the state's water problems.
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Thursday, June 18, 2009
A Big Day for Clean Water
Today the United States Senate Environment and Public Works Committee took important steps towards protecting the nation's clean water by passing the Clean Water Restoration Act and Sewage Right-to-Know legislation in addition to reauthorizing the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act and the Great Lakes Legacy Act. American Rivers played a lead role advocating for Right-to-Know and the Restoration Act, important bills that protect public health and safety, and our nation's priceless river heritage.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Rep. DeFazio and Sen. Wyden Introduce New Legislation to Protect the Rogue
American Rivers today applauded Representative Peter DeFazio and Senator Wyden for introducing legislation that would designate 40 Rogue River tributaries as Wild and Scenic Rivers. The legislation, known as H.R. 2890/S. 1271, would protect 143 river miles and over 78,000 acres of riverside land.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009
National Climate Impacts Report Underscores Need to Protect, Restore Rivers and Water Resources
A national scientific report released by the White House on how climate change will impact water resources and other aspects of society underscores the need to prepare communities by protecting and restoring rivers and clean water, American Rivers said today.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Climate Impacts Report Underscores Need to Protect, Restore Rivers and Water Resources in Great Lakes/Midwest Region
-A national scientific report released by the White House on how climate change will impact water resources and other aspects of society underscores the need to prepare Great Lakes and Midwest communities by protecting and restoring rivers and clean water, American Rivers said today. The report, "Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States," highlights that the Great Lakes and Midwest region will experience heavier downpours and increased flooding. Specifically:
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Friday, June 05, 2009
Clean up a River for National Rivers Month
June is National Rivers Month and, to commemorate it, American Rivers is encouraging Americans to celebrate their local rivers by participating in or organizing a river cleanup. Hundreds of river cleanups across the country are scheduled during June and throughout the year. Volunteers can find a nearby river cleanup or information and tools to organize their own at www.AmericanRivers.org/Cleanup .
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