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American Rivers calls on Northwest leaders, Biden administration to accelerate action to prevent salmon extinction

Dam Removal, Restoring Damaged Rivers
10/22/21 Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145 Following Senator Patty Murray’s (D-WA) announcement today of a “federal-state process on salmon recovery in the Columbia River Basin and the Pacific Northwest” with Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA), American Rivers called on all Northwest leaders and the Biden Administration to accelerate action including... Read More

American Rivers announces Kelly Catlett as new hydropower program director

September 29, 2021 Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145 American Rivers announced today that Kelly Catlett has been selected to lead the organization’s hydropower program. Catlett brings nearly 20 years of experience in hydropower policy, dam relicensing, and coalition building. As Hydropower Reform Program Director, Catlett will direct American Rivers’... Read More

Flooding, dam scare underscore need for investment in water infrastructure, dam safety, river restoration

Dam Removal, Floods & Floodplains, Restoring Damaged Rivers, Urban Waters
September 3, 2021 Contact: Amy Kober,, 503-708-1145 Hurricane Ida’s heavy winds and rain brought destruction to the Gulf Coast on August 29 and days later, communities across the Northeast were devastated by flooding in the hurricane’s path. Dozens of people lost their lives in the floodwaters. Three thousand people... Read More

Feds Require Fish Passage at Lewis River Dams to Recover Endangered Salmon

Environmental Justice, Restoring Damaged Rivers
National Marine Fisheries Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service withdraw Trump-era decision, put salmon and steelhead back on track for recovery in the Lewis River August 24, 2021 CONTACT:Eli Asher, Cowlitz Indian Tribe, 360-355-5851Bill Sharp, The Confederated Bands and Tribes of the Yakama Nation, 509-945-3167Kessina Lee, Washington Department... Read More

Colorado River water crisis reaches historic milestone

August 16, 2021  Contact: Matt Rice, 803-422-5244  Amy Kober, 503-708-1145  Denver, CO — Today, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the federal agency that oversees Colorado River operations, declared a “Tier 1” water shortage at Lake Mead on the Colorado River, underscoring the severity of the deepening drought and climate... Read More

IPCC report is clear call to reduce emissions and protect rivers and water resources

Climate Change & Rivers, Science
August 9, 2021  Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145  Today’s release of the first part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s sixth assessment report – called a “code red for humanity” by the United Nations – details how the impacts of climate change, including floods and drought, are real and... Read More

Stop-gap measures at dams needed to aid migrating Columbia-Snake salmon

American Rivers statement on injunction request for additional spill and reservoir drawdowns July 16, 2021Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145 American Rivers joined a coalition of fishing and conservation groups represented by Earthjustice, filing an injunction request in court today for stop-gap measures to aid migrating endangered salmon and steelhead. ... Read More

Drawing attention to climate change and severe drought, Moseley completes first-ever swim of Green River in Canyonlands

With lowest flows in history, swims 40 miles in 14 hours and 36 minutes  Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145          July 6, 2021                CANYONLANDS, UT,– On June 27, 2021, communication strategist, author, long distance swimmer, and co-chair of the Colorado River Basin Council for American Rivers, Matthew Moseley, 54, of Boulder, Colorado, did... Read More

Sens. Cantwell & Murkowski Introduce Bill to Incentivize Hydropower Grid Resilience, Safety and Environmental Performance, and Dam Removal

American Rivers * National Hydropower Association*The Nature Conservancy * Low Impact Hydropower Institute Tax incentives are critical component of a larger infrastructure effort to advance hydropower, dam safety, and healthy rivers. June 24, 2021 Contact:  Amy Kober, American Rivers, (503) 708-1145 LeRoy Coleman, National Hydropower Association, (202) 750-8405 Eric Bontrager, The Nature Conservancy, (703) 887-0559 Shannon Ames, Low... Read More

Groups seek court order to protect endangered salmon from fish-killing Puyallup River dam

American Rivers and American Whitewater file preliminary injunction  June 3, 2021 Contact: Amy Souers Kober, 503-708-1145  American Rivers and American Whitewater have asked a federal judge for an order stopping Electron Hydro LLC from opening a water intake and diverting endangered fish out of the Puyallup River in Washington.   The owners of the Electron Hydroelectric Project have a history of violating environmental safeguards. The century-old... Read More