Congress passes wild & scenic legislation

In a rare stroke of bi-partisanship the U.S. Senate today passed the most significant piece of legislation to protect new Wild and Scenic Rivers in over five years.  With the Senate passing legislation identical to a bill passed by the U.S House last week Congress can agree on something—river protections are good public policy when… Read more »

EPA and American Rivers Award Additional $300,000 in Grants to Protect and Restore Potomac Highlands Rivers and Lands in West Virginia

PHILADELPHIA – The Environmental Protection Agency and American Rivers today announced two additional recipients of  environmental grants to benefit communities, protect and restore habitat, forests, farmland, rivers and clean water in the Potomac Highlands region of West Virginia. Cacapon & Lost Rivers Land Trust and the University of Kentucky Research Foundation will each receive a… Read more »

300 Years Later, Fish Passage Restored to Pennypack Creek

Philadelphia, PA—Following the wave of momentum created by the removal of three dams on Pennypack Creek, the Philadelphia Water Department will begin construction of a rock ramp fishway over one of the utility lines in Pennypack Park this week.  Once complete, these projects will have restored fish passage to the lower 5.8 miles of Pennypack… Read more »

Mid-Year Update: America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2009

Washington, DC – Six months after American Rivers released America’s Most Endangered Rivers™: 2009 edition last April, thousands of Americans have taken action and critical decisions on many of the rivers are expected soon. Each year, the America’s Most Endangered Rivers report highlights the rivers facing the most uncertain futures. The report presents alternatives to… Read more »

New EPA $1.8 million grant program to restore and protect rivers, forests, and clean water throughout Potomac Highlands region

Washington, DC – Rivers and communities throughout parts of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia stand to benefit from a $1.8 million grant announced today by American Rivers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA’s grant program will help protect and restore the Potomac Highlands, the headwaters of the river that flows through our nation’s… Read more »

Costly and Extreme Bill Would Slow Job Growth, Hurt Business, Harm Communities, and Weaken Environmental Protection

Washington – Congress may be on vacation, but that hasn’t stopped Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) from introducing a bill that outlines a radical and potentially destructive vision for American hydropower—a vision that is at odds with mainstream thinking about hydropower policy. The bill, HR 6247, is designed to muzzle critics of unsafe and environmentally destructive… Read more »

Economic Stimulus and Habitat Restoration

Unless you live under a rock, you have probably heard by now that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has been signed into law. What might not be quite as evident is that, tucked among its 407 pages, is funding for habitat restoration. This is funding that will be able to be used… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Will Save Millions and Clean Water: EPA Agrees With Philadelphia’s Plan

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson was in Philadelphia to endorse the city’s long-term plan to address sewer overflows from the city’s water management system. The plan, “Green City, Clean Water,” proposes green infrastructure to complement the existing ‘gray’ infrastructure system of pipes and treatment facilities. For Philadelphia this will mean wide spread… Read more »