American Rivers Receives $4 Million Capacity-Building Gift

Washington, D.C.-based American Rivers has announced a four-year, $4 million capacity-building gift from the family of Margaretta Taylor to support the organization's mission of promoting healthy rivers so that communities can thrive.

The largest gift in the organization's history will enable it to make direct investments in helping human and natural communities prepare for the effects of a changing climate on waterways. Healthy rivers and streams provide a measure of resilience against the growing threat from floods, droughts, water pollution, and over-tapped water supplies. With the grants, communities will be better able to sustain their health and way of life by protecting critical landscapes, decreasing wasteful water use, and adopting green infrastructure solutions that work with natural systems.

"The Taylor family has a long history of involvement in the conservation movement," said American Rivers president Rebecca Wodder. "We are honored and humbled by the Taylor family's support for American Rivers and their commitment to protecting and restoring rivers across America."

"American Rivers Announces Margaretta Taylor Family Gift." American Rivers Press Release 11/16/2009.