American Rivers stands up for healthy rivers so our communities can thrive. Through national advocacy, innovative solutions and
a growing network of strategic partners,
they protect and promote our rivers as valuable assets that are vital to our health, safety, and quality of life.
Founded in 1973 with the specific focus of increasing the number of rivers protected by the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System and preventing the construction of large new dams on our last wild rivers, over the years American Rivers has broadened its mission substantially to address a wide variety of issues affecting people and rivers. They take a pragmatic, science-based approach to solving problems facing rivers and work closely with grassroots river and watershed groups across the country because they believe supporting each others' efforts is key to the health of rivers nationwide. American Rivers staff members also collaborate with other conservation groups, sporting and recreation groups, local citizens and businesses, and various federal, state, and tribal agencies to build strong coalitions.
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Rob Masonis, senior director of
American Rivers' Northwest Regional office, and Tom Skerritt, actor and American Rivers board member, talk about the cultural and economical importance of America's rivers.
View all of American Rivers' videos on their YouTube Channel.