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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Monday, May 18, 2009
American Rivers’ 21st Century Water Solutions Highlighted at Congressional Hearing in Philadelphia
Building on recent success securing an unprecedented $6 billion for clean water and green infrastructure in the federal economic recovery package, American Rivers testified today at a Congressional Field Hearing in Philadelphia to demonstrate how 21st century clean water solutions can benefit communities and local economies.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Positive News for Nation’s #2 Most Endangered River
In a positive move for the Flint River, named the second Most Endangered River in the nation by American Rivers in April because of the threat of new dams, the National Fish Habitat Action Plan today designated the Flint as one of ten "Waters to Watch". The designation could bring funding for key habitat protection and restoration projects. The National Fish Habitat Action Plan is a comprehensive effort to protect and restore critical fish habitat. American Rivers has played a lead role supporting federal funding for the plan's conservation efforts.
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Friday, May 08, 2009
Water Infrastructure Financing Act Is Step in Right Direction for Clean Water
American Rivers today applauded the Senate introduction of the Water Infrastructure Financing Act, a bill the nation's leading river conservation organization says is an important step toward bringing America's water infrastructure into the 21st century, despite falling short in key areas.
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Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Washington D.C. Water Main Break Is Example of National Water Infrastructure Problems
The water main break that flooded southern Adams Morgan is an example of broader water infrastructure problems nationwide, American Rivers said today. "Unfortunately, this disaster is part of a larger trend," said Rebecca Wodder, president of American Rivers. "Our nation's water infrastructure is in a serious state of disrepair. Whether it is a water main break, a failing levee, or an unsafe dam, outdated infrastructure puts lives, property, and clean water at risk."
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Monday, May 04, 2009
Senate Has Opportunity to Protect Clean Water, Public Health
Every year, more than 860 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage foul America's waters and threaten public health, but most people have no idea that these spills occur in their local rivers and streams. Today Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) took an important step towards changing that when he reintroduced right-to-know legislation. Sewage right-to-know requires public notification when a sewer spill has the potential to affect public health.
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Friday, May 01, 2009
Milwaukee’s Communities and Clean Water to Benefit From Grant Awarded to American Rivers
Milwaukee will be taking a 21st century approach to water infrastructure thanks to a three-year, $375,000 grant awarded to American Rivers by the Joyce Foundation. The grant, which will further develop a green infrastructure program in Milwaukee, is designed to improve the health, safety, and quality of life in Milwaukee's communities. In addition, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District is providing $150,000 in matching funds this year to support American Rivers in advancing the program.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Toledo City Council Votes for Clean Water
American Rivers today applauded the Toledo City Council for taking a major step toward protecting clean water. The Council voted last night to allow the use of 21st century green infrastructure solutions in projects located within the City. The City of Toledo will now allow pervious pavement as an eligible alternative for required off-street parking, including parking lots, and natural water filtration with native plants, including rain gardens, as an alternative to current landscape requirements in parking lot islands.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
New York State Governor Paterson's New Executive Order May Put Communities at Risk of Dam Failure
An Executive Order (EO-17), recently signed by New York's Governor David Paterson, to relieve property taxes could result in increased dam failures in communities statewide. Per the order, the critical responsibilities of governmental dam owners may be "unfunded mandates" of questionable community investment. Stephanie Lindloff, River Restoration Program Director for American Rivers, made the following statement:
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Monday, April 27, 2009
Salazar Moves to Withdraw Bush Administration Rule on Mountaintop Mining
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar's move today to withdraw a Bush Administration rule that allows more waste from mountaintop mining to be dumped in or near small streams was applauded by American Rivers, the nation's leading river conservation organization.
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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Climate Change Causing Many Rivers Worldwide to Shrink
Many of the world's rivers are losing water and in many cases, climate change is to blame, according to the findings of a new global study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The results, to be published May 15 in the American Meteorological Society's Journal of Climate, also reveal that future food and water supplies could be threatened. American Rivers, the nation's leading river conservation organization, is helping communities reduce the negative river and freshwater impacts brought by climate change.
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