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, April 23, 2009
Stimulus Funds to Speed Timeline for Elwha Dam Removal
Removal of two dams on Washington's Elwha River will begin no later than 2011, thanks to $54 million in federal economic recovery funds that American Rivers advocated for. The dam removal, which will be the largest in the nation's history, was scheduled to begin in 2012. The funds will go toward preliminary activities necessary to prepare for dam removal.
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Monday, March 30, 2009
President Obama Signs Historic Wild and Scenic River Bill Into Law
American Rivers applauded President Barack Obama today for signing into the law the second largest Wild and Scenic Rivers package in history. The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 designates 86 new Wild and Scenic Rivers, totaling over 1,100 miles in Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Wyoming, Utah, California, and Massachusetts. The legislation includes important protections for 350,000 acres of land along the rivers and also contains new Wilderness designations for over two million acres of public land.
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Friday, March 27, 2009
Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Could be Washington's Next Wild and Scenic Rivers
American Rivers today applauded the bipartisan work of Rep. Dave Reichert and Sen. Patty Murray in introducing legislation that will protect two of Washington’s great rivers, the Pratt and the Middle Fork Snoqualmie.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Historic Wild and Scenic River Bill Heads to President's Desk
The second largest Wild and Scenic Rivers package in history now heads to President Obama’s desk, after passing the House of Representatives today by a vote of 285-140. The bipartisan H.R. 146, the legislative vehicle for the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, will safeguard over 1,100 miles of rivers in Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Wyoming, Utah, California, and Massachusetts. The legislation includes important protections for 350,000 acres of land along 86 new Wild and Scenic Rivers and it also contains new Wilderness designations for over two million acres of public land.
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Monday, March 16, 2009
National Flood Safety Awareness Week Begins Today
As National Flood Safety Awareness Week kicks off today, American Rivers called on recipients of federal stimulus funding to eliminate a serious flood risk to many communities across the country unsafe dams. Communities and the environment benefit from the removal of unsafe and obsolete dams.
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Thursday, March 12, 2009
Congress Takes Big Step Forward 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, lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives took an important step towards changing that when they passed the Water Quality Investment Act of 2009 (H.R. 1262) to reauthorize the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). CWSRF helps pay for critical stormwater and wastewater needs across the country.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Omnibus Public Lands Package Meets Opposition in the House
The House of Representatives rejected legislation today that would have included the second largest Wild and Scenic package in history. The House voted on S. 22, the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, under a suspension of the rules. Unfortunately, the bill was defeated 282-144, just two votes shy of the necessary two-thirds of the Representatives present.
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Thursday, March 05, 2009
Congress Takes Big Step Forward 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, lawmakers in the House took an important step towards changing that. The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure included sewage right-to-know notification provisions in the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) reauthorization (H.R.
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Tuesday, March 03, 2009
American Rivers Launches National River Cleanup 2009
American Rivers, the nation's leading river conservation organization, today announced the kickoff of its 2009 National River Cleanup season. Since 1992, hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the country have participated to clean up thousands of tons of trash on America's rivers and streams.
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Thursday, February 26, 2009
Clean Water Restoration Act Will Protect Our Nation's Waters
More than 160 leading freshwater scientists and engineers sent a letter yesterday to President Obama urging his support for the Clean Water Restoration Act. This legislation is urgently needed to ensure that Clean Water Act protections are provided to the nation's vast array of headwater streams and wetlands; waters that are critical for clean drinking water, public safety, and fish and wildlife habitat. Protection of these waters is at risk due to recent Supreme Court decisions that called into question the scientific relationship between these vitally important wetlands and la
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