Help Us Give the Delaware River an Upgrade

Tell the Pennsylvania DEP to give the Delaware River the strongest protections under the Clean Water Act! In recent months, American Rivers has been working with the Delaware Riverkeeper Network to compile a petition to the state of Pennsylvania to upgrade the protective status of the Upper and Middle Delaware River to the highest level- Exceptional… Read more »

National River Cleanup® Year in Review: 5 Ws of 2011

Last year American Rivers celebrated the 20th Anniversary of National River Cleanup.  The 5 Ws below highlight the remarkable achievements of 2011:   Who: 85,000 cleanup organizers, volunteers, employees, students and fellow river-lovers all over the country teamed up to restore waterways. What: Collected over 3 million pounds of trash from 37,500 river miles.  That is… Read more »

Protecting Clean Water in the Potomac River

If you live and work in the Washington, DC area, this year’s number one Most Endangered River may hit closer to home than you might think. The Potomac River provides drinking water for over 5 million people in Maryland, Virginia, and the District. Enough so that the odds are pretty good that if you drank a… Read more »

Sojourn on the Susquehanna

June is Rivers Month and what better way to celebrate than to join in the Wyoming Valley RiverFest and Sojourn near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania! An event of the Wyoming Valley Watershed Coaliton, RiverFest reconnects the community with the Susquehanna River, a historic, cultural, environmental, and recreational asset to the region. Join the RiverFest on June 19th-21st… Read more »

Time for a 21st Century Approach to Flood Management

Download the “Natural Defenses” report Throughout history, we have built up and encroached upon the areas that naturally provide us with multiple benefits – our rivers, floodplains, wetlands, and upland areas.  For far too long we have ignored the inevitable impacts of watershed development, piece meal flood control approaches, and agricultural practices, trading off our… 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 »

Greener Landscapes For A Healthier Chesapeake Bay in 2013

Susquehanna River, PA | Jayme Frye Green infrastructure investments are one of the few spotlights in the State of the Bay report released by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) for the New Year. Promotion and support of green infrastructure solutions for managing stormwater is also identified in the Action Plan [PDF] for federal resource agencies… Read more »

2012 Dams Removed

See the 2013 List. Download a comprehensive list of dams removed 1998-2012 [PDF] 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,… Read more »

Darby Creek Restoration Project

Removal of Hoffman Park Dam at Lansdowne, PA Description: The Hoffman Park Dam was a stone masonry dam that was approximately 4 feet high and 40 feet long. The age of the dam is unknown; it appears in the PA DEP Division of Dam Safety records in 1919, but likely dates to the early- or… Read more »

When Will We Stop Taking Water for Granted?

Attempting to contain an oil spill in a river Clean water is something we all tend to take for granted. Whether it is the tap water from our sink or the river we like to canoe in, we expect it to be clean. But as several recent pollution spills have exemplified, we can’t take our… Read more »