A Silence on the Animas

I was standing along my local river the other day, under a blue sky with a gentle breeze slipping by. Soft sunlight from above reflected off the nearby cliffs and a muted silence surrounded my thoughts – rare for a beautiful Sunday morning in August. Normally there would be kayakers surfing the wave at Smelter,… Read more »

Announcing a Victory for the Holston River!

The Holston Army Ammunitions Plant has been releasing a toxic chemical into the waters of the Holston River for some time. Now, they will be required to clean up the pollution according to a recent consent decree.

Black Warrior River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Birmingham, Ala. —Pollution caused by coal mining near the Black Warrior River has landed the river on the annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ – a report issued by the conservation group American Rivers.  The Black Warrior River and its tributaries are a major drinking water source for Birmingham, Jasper, Cullman and Tuscaloosa. The… Read more »

Stronger Stormwater Safeguards Needed to Protect Maryland’s Clean Water

Click here to read the Maryland Stormwater Consortium’s letter of recommendations to the Maryland Department of the Environment. Maryland — As the State of Maryland considers how to reduce stormwater pollution from roads, lawns and parking lots, American Rivers and the Maryland Stormwater Consortium today announced three critical steps the state must take to protect clean water…. Read more »

American Rivers applauds introduction of multi-billion dollar Water Trust Fund

Washington, DC — American Rivers today applauded Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) for introducing legislation that establishes a Water Trust Fund to invest in fixing the nation’s outdated drinking water and sewage treatment systems.  The bipartisan legislation, the Water Protection and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 3202), establishes a $10 billion annual fund for repairing America’s aging pipes… Read more »

Sewage spill in TN is example of national clean water threat

Washington, DC –  A massive sewage spill in Tennessee Tuesday killed two workers and sent millions of gallons of sewage into the Little Pigeon River, which flows through Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Katherine Baer, senior director of the clean water program at American Rivers, made the following statement: “This accident is a tragedy and our hearts… Read more »

EPA and American Rivers Award $1.37 Million in Grants to Restore Potomac Highlands Rivers, Clean Water

FROSTBURG, MD – The Environmental Protection Agency and American Rivers today announced the six recipients of $1,373,119 in environmental grants to benefit communities, and protect rivers and clean water in the Potomac Highlands region of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. The announcement was made at Frostburg University in Frostburg, MD by EPA Regional Administrator… Read more »

Green River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington – A Canadian corporation recently started exploratory drilling for what could become a 3,000-acre mine near the headwaters of the Green River, despite concerns about the mine’s proximity to the active Mount St. Helens volcano. The threat from a mine to drinking water supplies and the region’s unique ecology has earned the Green River… Read more »

Kershaw County, SC’s river protections are a national model

Columbia, SC – American Rivers today applauded Kershaw County for taking bold steps to protect its clean water, calling the county’s new package of zoning rules a model for other counties nationwide. On February 23, the Kershaw County Council voted unanimously to pass a new package of zoning and land development regulations. An ordinance is… Read more »