East Coast Dam Removals Continue To Open Up Blocked Rivers

American Rivers is playing a significant role in dam removal projects up and down the east coast. In 2013 alone, we removed over 40 dams in the United States. In the Northeast restoration is underway on the Penobscot River, the Mid-Atlantic is seeing the return of American shad on the Patapsco River, and the Southeast… Read more »

Cleaning Up Where We Play

An REI volunteer surveys the trash collected from the boat launch on the Juniata River Water Trail | Peter Roquemore Rivers are focal points in communities and river cleanups draw volunteers from all walks of life. One of my favorite parts of a river cleanup is meeting people and learning their motivations for volunteering their… Read more »

Happy New Year from a Creek in Central Pennsylvania

Bermudian Creek, PA | Liz Deardorff My vision of breaking a snowy cross-country trail through a West Virginia wilderness was dismissed by unseasonably balmy weather, so Christmas morning my husband and I sought the wonder of the holiday through the eyes of our three year old granddaughter — just the inspiration we needed to lift… Read more »

Removal of Centreville Dam Kicks Off Today

Removal of the Centreville Dam on Maryland’s Eastern Shore begins in earnest this September. The project will reconnect fragmented river habitat for alewife, blueback herring, American eel and other migratory fish, as well as alleviate some potential for upstream flooding.

62 Dams Removed to Restore Rivers in 2012

Washington, DC – Communities in 19 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 62 dams in 2012, American Rivers announced today. Outdated or unsafe dams came out of rivers in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania,… Read more »

Dilapidated Dam Disappearing

Boiling Springs, PA— A dangerous and decaying dam on the Yellow Breeches Creek is about to disappear, and will soon be replaced with a beautiful free flowing stream and a reconnected fishery.  Work to remove the Wittlinger Dam began this week, and the outdated relic will be completely gone by the end of the month…. Read more »

American Rivers Applauds Introduction of Chesapeake Bay Restoration Act

Washington, DC — American Rivers today applauded Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) for his strong efforts to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay by introducing legislation that provides enforceable deadlines for meeting clean water goals for the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers. For the first time, clean up plans for nutrients and sediment must apply… Read more »

American Rivers releases report on 21st century flood protection solutions

Washington, DC – As heavy rains swell rivers across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, American Rivers today released a report stressing the urgent need for flood protection solutions that safeguard communities and save taxpayer dollars. The report, “Natural Defenses: Safeguarding Communities from Floods,” calls on Congress and the Obama Administration to prioritize river restoration and protection and… Read more »

A Green Grid for Clean Water?

If we can have a smart grid for energy, why not a green grid for clean water? From ‘New York’s Green Grid’: “Planners wrangled natural streams into (eventually) rusty pipe systems. The city dredged so many swamps and poured so much asphalt that the ground has become unable to handle heavy downpours. When it rains… Read more »