Gettin’ Dirty with REI

REI is not only a generous sponsor of American Rivers’ National River Cleanup™ but on September 18th they rolled up their sleeves and got dirty during their own river cleanup along the Juniata in Bedford, Pennsylvania.  It was a crisp cool morning that turned into a warm and pleasant afternoon, perfect for a cleanup. I had… Read more »

Help Shape the Fracking Study!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting four public information meetings on the proposed study of the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and its potential impacts on drinking water. Hydraulic fracturing is a process that helps production of natural gas or oil from shale and other geological formations. This is the process behind our listings of… Read more »

National River Cleanup® joins forces on the Potomac River

National River Cleanup® joined the Potomac Conservancy last Saturday for a sunny and productive morning out on our nation’s River.  The river cleanup site in Cabin John, Maryland along the C&O Canal was one of hundreds of cleanup sites that worked out on the Potomac River as part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation 24th Annual… Read more »

Protect our Clean Water Supplies with Green Infrastructure

Earlier this week, an entire section of the Beltway surrounding Washington, DC was shut down after a 54-inch water main broke and flooded the highway, snarling traffic and leaving 400,00 residents without water. Helicopter footage shows what looks like a river flowing over the road, turning over cars and destroying nearby businesses and homes. On… Read more »

Smooth Driving on Green Streets

Today I’m attending the Green Streets Green Jobs forum in Silver Spring, MD. I’m speaking on a panel before lunch about partnerships and funding opportunities, where I’ll be focusing on opportunities for green funding through the EPA’s State Revolving Fund (SRF) program. For the past several years American Rivers has been working very hard to… Read more »

Then and Now: National River Cleanup History

It was in 1991 that a group of ambitious America Outdoors employees began planning the first National River Cleanup Week. Their goal? “Remove tons of trash and debris from over 3,000 miles of waterways, encourage public involvement in the stewardship of river resources, and foster better working relationships between river interest groups.” In the twenty… Read more »

The Clean Water Act Through The Generations: Generation Y Series

How has the Clean Water Act impacted your life? For those of us who weren’t alive when the Clean Water Act was passed into law in 1972, we interpret this law through the eyes of Generation Y. Having fun at a National River Cleanup event | American Rivers Leading an 8 person boat, listening to the… Read more »

Feeling The Heat On Uranium Mining In Virginia

Roanoke River, VA | Dan River Basin Association Uranium mining is a hot topic right now in Virginia.  You might remember that American Rivers listed the Roanoke River as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2011 due to a proposed uranium mine.  Since that time, the Virginia legislature has been talking about whether or not… Read more »

Darby Creek Restoration Project, PA

click to enlarge map Darby Creek drains a largely urbanized watershed adjacent to the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is a direct tributary to the Delaware River, and joins with the Delaware near Essington, PA, after passing through the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Early settlement along the Darby relied upon mill dams for economic… Read more »

Darby Creek Restoration Project

Removal of abandoned railroad piers at Colwyn, PA Description: Removal of two abandoned railroad piers constructed of reinforced concrete. Construction was completed in September 2012. Benefits of removal: The piers trapped debris and contributed to local overtopping of banks and over-widening of the channel. Removal of the piers is expected to alleviate these impacts.