American Rivers (Washington, DC)


  • Name:Lowell George
  • Title:Development Assistant

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:American Rivers
  • Address:1101 14th Street NW
    Suite 1400
    Washington, DC 20005
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:2023477550

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  • Mission:
  • As the nation’s leading river conservation organization, American Rivers’ mission is to protect wild rivers, restore damaged rivers, and conserve clean water for people and nature. American Rivers protects and restores rivers by working towards three overarching goals: conservation and restoration of critical landscapes, particularly forests, wetlands, floodplains, and stream channels; nationwide reduction of water consumption through widespread adoption of water conservation and efficiency measures; and optimization of America’s water infrastructure through implementation of “green” systems that harness nature’s ability to move, treat, and store water.

  • Overview:
  • While nearly all Americans live within one mile of a river, too few are aware of the value these rivers provide and the growing problems they face. Healthy rivers are priceless assets. They provide clean drinking water, natural flood and drought protection, jobs and other economic benefits as well as recreational enjoyment. By reconnecting people to rivers, American Rivers is striving to create a new ethic of river stewardship in the 21st century. Through our work in four key program areas - River Restoration, River Protection, Clean Water and Water Supply - American Rivers is working to protect our remaining natural heritage, undo the damage of the past and create a healthy future for our rivers and future generations.
    Restoring Rivers
    A healthy river can increase property values, boost recreational opportunities and local business, reduce water pollution, and protect people and property from flooding. But dams, levees and other man-made structures disrupt the natural functions of rivers, leaving many of them lifeless or cut off from their communities.
    American Rivers has solutions that bring rivers back to life. We are a national leader in removing and reforming outdated dams. Across the country, we are proving that rivers are remarkably resilient, and when given a chance they can thrive once again. We are committed to: removing obsolete and unsafe dams; improving the operations of dams, levees and other river infrastructure; significantly reducing losses from catastrophic floods; and connecting people to their local river.
    Protecting Rivers
    Healthy rivers provide drinking water, flood protection, fish and wildlife habitat, recreation opportunities, and economic benefits to local communities. They are a vital part of our heritage and are sources of community identity and pride. American Rivers is leading the way to secure Wild and Scenic River designations for deserving rivers, and we are helping communities create Blue Trails to protect clean water and critical lands. We are pursuing protections for watersheds through innovative partnerships with government agencies, local land trusts, and private property owners to prevent harmful logging, dams, and other short-sighted, destructive development. On the national scale, every Spring we release an America’s Most Endangered Rivers® report highlighting ten waterways that are facing substantial threats in the coming year and encouraging readers to take action. The publication has been so effective at raising public awareness of the plight of rivers, that it is now copied by other interest groups, and has been featured in Yahoo News, NBC News, USA Today, National Geographic, Live Science, and Smithsonian Magazine, among many other outlets.
    Clean Water
    By focusing our efforts on stopping pollution from sewage spills and stormwater runoff, American Rivers is working to ensure that our rivers and streams are safe for drinking, fishing, swimming and boating. And by safeguarding small streams and wetlands, we are preserving nature’s ability to filter and supply clean water. As droughts, floods and waterborne diseases intensify with global warming, this "natural infrastructure" will become more important than ever. We focus on ensuring clean water supplies through partnering with local communities to hold National River Cleanups® on their hometown rivers; protecting wetlands and other natural landscapes that provide clean water; encouraging municipalities to effectively treat stormwater and wastewater, and consider them resources not waste products.
    Water Supply
    Our nation's finite water supplies are under increasing stress from the needs of our growing population, development, energy production, irrigated agriculture and the challenges brought by climate change. As the source of water for many of our communities, rivers flow right through the center of the water supply issue. American Rivers is working to secure predictable clean water supplies for communities through advocating at the national, state and local levels for water efficiency and low impact supply solutions that provide cheaper, faster and more reliable water than costly and harmful new dams and other short-sighted water storage projects. In addition, we safeguard the nation’s long-term water supply through: blocking expensive and inefficient water storage projects that will damage rivers without providing substantial community benefits; reducing total water consumption through proven water efficiency practices; and balancing human water consumption with the natural requirements of rivers and the habitats they support.

    Through all of these campaigns and projects, American Rivers is actively working to improve the quality of our rivers for the health and enjoyment of everyone. We look forward to a future where healthy rivers support naturally functioning ecosystems, are safe for human consumption and recreation, and generally enhance people’s quality of life.

  • History:
  • 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 eight 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 Washington’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 supporters, 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:30
  • Advisory board size:20
  • Staff size:83


  • 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:3/17/2018 1:17:42 pm

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