PRESS CALL ADVISORY: Disappearing Rivers: Half of All River Miles in West Damaged by Human Development

Washington, D.C. — About half of all river miles in the West have been damaged by human development, according to a groundbreaking new analysis from the Center for American Progress and Conservation Science Partners.

The report will the topic of a webinar on Wednesday, February 7, at 2:30 p.m. ET, with Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and experts to discuss how these waterways are affected by dams, abandoned mines, irrigation, development in floodplains, and other activities—pushing fish and wildlife populations to extinction and endangering local communities and jobs in the process.

The analysis is embargoed until release on Wednesday, February 7. It includes a website with links to state fact sheets, as well as an interactive map. 

Once the website goes live, it will be at

Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM)

Kate Kelly, Director, Public Lands, Center for American Progress

Hans Cole, Director, Environmental Campaigns and Advocacy, Patagonia

Brett Dickson, President and Chief Scientist, Conservation Science Partners

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

2:30 p.m. ET

To RSVP for the webinar, please contact Sam Hananel at or 202-478-6327.