American Rivers (Nevada City, CA)


  • Name:Keri Rinne
  • Title:Associate Director of Development

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:American Rivers
  • Address:120 Union St.
    Nevada City, CA 95959
    CA - California
    United States

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  • Main phone:5304780206

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  • Mission:
  • American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. We envision a nation of clean, healthy rivers that sustain and connect us.

  • Overview:
  • American Rivers is the leading river conservation organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams. Since 1973, we have helped protect and restore more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy and on-the-ground projects including removing more than 200 outdated or dangerous dams. Through our work we are revitalizing wildlife, improving recreation, and leaving a legacy of healthy rivers for future generations.

    In California, we are restoring and implementing innovative river management practices from the headwaters in the Sierra, through the Delta and the Bay, and out to sea. In the headwaters, we are restoring meadows so they can soak up snowmelt and rain and release them slowly over time, serving as natural reservoirs. In the Bay-Delta, we are leading discussions and agreements around innovative methods to restore floodplain habitat and solve century-long disputes regarding water management. Despite the immense complexities of these issues, our ideas and dedicated focus to developing partnerships and solutions is showing great promise. In San Francisco Bay tributaries and coastal streams, we restore the connectivity of rivers to benefit fish, wildlife and communities. This involves getting more water back in rivers by working with farmers to make their operations more efficient while transferring some of the saved water back to the rivers, and removing or modifying dams or other structures so that fish can move freely between upstream spawning habitat and the ocean.

  • History:
  • North Carolina’s New River is one of the oldest rivers in the world, and one of our country’s natural treasures. It flows from forested mountains through verdant valleys and unlike most mountain rivers is relatively shallow with gentle rapids, making it ideal for canoeing, fishing, and peaceful contemplation. In 1975, the New River was threatened by a huge reservoir project that would have submerged precious landscape and local farmland, devastating the region’s fish and wildlife and extinguishing its natural heritage. It didn’t make economic sense and was an environmental disaster. It’s exactly the kind of project American Rivers was founded to fight.

    In 1973, a group of passionate river runners and conservationists had founded American Rivers. They met in Denver in 1973 to confront the fact that unnecessary dams were shackling many of the nation’s last wild, free-flowing rivers. These river advocates were also concerned that Congress had failed to grant federal protection to any rivers since the original Wild and Scenic Rivers Act passed in 1968. The country was losing its best rivers at an alarming rate, and American Rivers’ founders were fervently energized.

    Working in a tiny Washington, D.C., office, the founding staff fought unnecessary dams and lobbied to get rivers permanently protected. They not only killed the dam on the New River, they also succeeded in securing Wild and Scenic designation for the river. This precedent-setting success proved river conservationists could stop harmful water projects and score big wins on a national level. In its first five years, American Rivers boosted the number of Wild and Scenic Rivers from 8 to 43. Rivers like Pennsylvania’s upper Delaware, Washington’s lower Skagit, Michigan’s Pere Marquette, and Texas’s lower Rio Grande flow free today because of the advocacy made possible by supporters.

    Forty years later, American Rivers is still the leading voice for Wild and Scenic Rivers, safeguarding wild rivers and streams for future generations. Over the past four decades, American Rivers has continued to fight harmful new dams and worked to designated rivers as Wild & Scenic. In 2009, American Rivers surpassed its goal of designating 40 rivers for the 40th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act with a new law designating 82 new Wild & Scenic Rivers.

    We also became the leader in restoring rivers by removing outdated dams. It wasn’t long ago when taking down a dam was considered radical, even downright impossible. American Rivers changed that, working with our partners to set free rivers like Maine’s Kennebec and Penobscot, Virginia’s Rappahannock, and Wash¬ington’s Elwha and White Salmon. Other major dam removals are fast approaching, such as on Northern California’s Klamath. Thanks to the efforts of river support¬ers, communities across the nation have removed more than 1,100 dams.

    We continue to build support for river restoration in communities every day, and since our founding, American Rivers has protected more than 12,000 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers, and, with tens of thousands of volunteers working through our National River Cleanup® each year, removed more than 16 million pounds of trash from rivers and streams. Our annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign has focused attention on the most imminent threats to rivers across the nation, spurring action at the federal, state, and local levels to protect and restore those rivers. We have worked with communities to establish blue trails on their local rivers; promote green roofs, rain gardens, permeable pavement, and other green infrastructure; restore floodplains; and adopt water conservation and efficiency measures to reduce the demand for expensive new dams and reservoirs. We have worked with the hydropower industry to improve the environmental performance of hydropower dams. We have engaged with a variety of stakeholders to develop sustainable approaches to water management in river basins.

  • Year established:1973
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:25
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:75


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:23-7305963

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:237305963
  • Organization Name:AMERICAN RIVERS INC
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  • Organization Address:1101 14TH STREET NW1400
  • Organization City:WASHINGTON
  • Organization State:DC
  • Organization Zip:20005-5601
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:September, 1984
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):353, 480
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Soil or water conservation, Propose, support, or oppose legislation
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:C013
  • Asset Amount:$20,388,283
  • Asset Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$22,305,358
  • Income Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$21,865,742
  • Last Updated:2/19/2018 9:23:33 pm

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