Coal River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington D.C. – American Rivers named the Coal River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® today, shining a national spotlight on the threat mountaintop removal mining poses to clean water and public health. The announcement of the Coal is particularly timely, with the nation commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act this year, and Congress… Read more »

A Repeat of 2011? Dirty Water Riders in the House Interior Appropriations Bill

Today, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies will mark up their appropriations bill for fiscal year 2013. This bill authorizes spending for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Interior (DOI), and other agencies like the Forest Service. Unfortunately, in a repeat of 2011, the House Interior-EPA Appropriations bill includes… Read more »

Float-In for Earth Day!

Do you love paddling and being out on the river? What better way to spend your Earth Day than on the water with friends? Good news then – our good friends at the Clean Water Network are hosting the first ever Float-In Earth Day on the Anacostia River. The event is to highlight the upcoming… Read more »

Green to Go Green for Clean Water in the Chesapeake

My office sits near the bank of the Susquehanna River in central Pennsylvania, so it was a treat to leave the office several days ago to travel downstream to where this 464 mile long river flows into the Chesapeake Bay at Havre de Grace, Maryland. I was there to attend an announcement of $4 million… Read more »

MLK Day of Service: Volunteer to Clean Your River

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once stated in 1957, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”  His words continue to resonate with us to this day as the upcoming anniversary of his birth approaches on January 16, 2012. On August 23, 1994 under President Bill Clinton, federal legislation was… Read more »

Pennsylvania Preparing for Climate Change

State of Preparedness: Pennsylvania In the past few months, a number of states have released plans detailing how they plan to prepare for climate change. I have reviewed efforts by Maryland and Oregon so far. Today we’ll look at Pennsylvania’s adaptation planning effort. Pennsylvania’s state of preparedness Pennsylvania finished its climate change adaptation plan earlier this… Read more »

The Mad Hatter Resides at ORSANCO

A proposal change to water quality standards for the Ohio River could result in eight states permitting the discharge of greater amounts of mercury into the river. Mercury earned the nickname “mad hatter” because hat makers exposed to the toxin suffered neurologic damage. Today, the pollutant is emitted by coal fired power plants which allow… Read more »

White House Conference on Green Infrastructure

Katherine Baer speaking at the White House Conference on green infrastructure | American Rivers Last week I had the great opportunity to attend and speak at a White House Conference on Green Infrastructure convened by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency designed to bring together leaders in this area to… Read more »

Hurricane Sandy update from Darby Creek, Pennsylvania

Some American Rivers staff were in the field earlier today, checking out a dam removal project site on Darby Creek, near Philadelphia, PA. Here are two videos from the site, amidst the early winds and rain from advancing Hurricane Sandy. American Rivers is working to remove four barriers in the creek and promote green infrastructure… Read more »