Several Rivers Move Closer to Permanent Protection

Yesterday was a big day for rivers as the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved several Wild and Scenic River bills by unanimous consent.  American Rivers has been working with local communities and river groups to develop proposals and advocating on Capitol Hill for several of of these rivers, including the the Molalla River in Oregon and the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River,… Read more »

The Best Classrooms are Outside

As children, my brother and I spent long summer days playing in the creek behind our house. We lived in the suburbs of Washington, DC so it wasn’t a wild stream, but it felt wild to us. We would climb over our backyard fence and cross the open space to where the mowers stopped, entering… Read more »

House Attacks Public Health Protections in the Name of Coal

Stream Pollution from Coal Mines near Route 160 in Letcher County, Kentucky | iLoveMountains.org Last week, Representative Johnson (R-OH) introduced the “Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012” (H.R. 3409) with the bill expected to hit the floor this week. If the goal of the bill’s sponsors is to protect the coal industry, they… Read more »

Hurricane Sandy

10/29: Hurricane Sandy Heading to Shore, Expected to Land Earlier Than Estimated A strengthened Hurricane Sandy heads toward shore as conditions deteriorate on East Coast. Please check your local weather or tune into the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang live blog for regular updates. Additional resources to track the hurricane: Google’s Hurricane #Sandy crisis map,… Read more »

Mid-Atlantic Region

Mid-Atlantic Region American Rivers has a successful track record protecting and restoring rivers and clean water in the Mid-Atlantic. We were instrumental in the removal of Embrey Dam on Virginia’s Rappahannock River, and are spearheading the removal of other outdated dams across the region. These restoration projects are important because they allow streams to flow… Read more »

Cleaning Up A Creek Full of Memories In Manheim

Some huge tires were pulled out of the creek | © John Crispeno, Manheim Pennsylvania It was one of those late summer mornings with a chill in the air. The sun shining through the trees warmed me while the Chiques Creek flowed below. On September 21st American Rivers joined 100 employees from Manheim Pennsylvania and… Read more »

Good Relationships And A Conservation Strategy At Work In The Potomac Highlands: A Summary Of Potomac Conservancy’s Shenandoah Valley Priority Lands Project

Today we have a guest blog from Emily Warner, former Land Protection Director at Potomac Conservancy. Emily’s team just completed a conservation easement project in western Virginia that American Rivers funded through our partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) called the Potomac Highlands Implementation Grant Program. This is Part 1 of a two part blog… Read more »

Removal of Dam on Appomattox River to Benefit Native Fish in Virginia

Petersburg, Virginia – Work is underway to remove the Harvell Dam on the Appomattox River—with removal of the concrete spillway scheduled to begin on July 15, 2014. As the first obstruction on the river, the Harvell Dam has long been deemed the most critical fish passage site on the Appomattox and one of the highest… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Proposed to Clean the Susquehanna

Susquehanna Reading Railroad Bridge | Jayme Frye The Susquehanna River, the Chesapeake Bay’s largest tributary will be a little cleaner as a result of last week’s agreement amongst the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the City of Harrisburg and the authority that manages the area’s stormwater, drinking water and wastewater,… Read more »