American Rivers applauds new national monument designations

March 25, 2013

Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145

Washington – American Rivers today applauded President Obama for designating five new national monuments covering more than 240,000 acres.

The President of American Rivers, Bob Irvin, made the following statement:

“We commend President Obama for his leadership and vision in protecting five new national monuments that will safeguard historic, cultural, and natural treasures for future generations. Two of the monuments, the First State National Monument in Delaware and Pennsylvania and the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico, honor the importance of rivers to our nation’s history, culture, and environment.”

“The First State National Monument protects land along the Brandywine River in Delaware and Pennsylvania. From the Brandywine’s role in the American Revolution to the inspiration it has given generations of artists including Andrew Wyeth, to its beautiful natural landscape, this river couldn’t be more deserving of protection.”

“New Mexico’s Rio Grande is known for its beautiful scenery, whitewater boating, and fishing. The river and surrounding lands provide critical habitat for bear, cougar, elk, and a host of migratory birds. The area is also home to thousands of archeological sites. A national monument designation will ensure these treasures will be preserved for generations to come.”


American Rivers is the leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams. Rivers connect us to each other, nature, and future generations. Since 1973, American Rivers has fought to preserve these connections, helping protect and restore more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual release of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 100,000 supporters, members, and volunteers nationwide. Visit, and