Success on Laurel Hill Creek (MER 2009)

We have had some great news recently on one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2009, Laurel Hill Creek!  In this listing, we asked that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) designate Laurel Hill Creek as a Critical Water Planning Area (CWPA).  On November 18, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the Statewide Water Resource Committee voted “yes” for Laurel… Read more »

Tubing The Shenandoah Puts Importance Of Clean Water Into Focus

Last weekend, I spent the day tubing down the Shenandoah River by Harper’s Ferry, close to where it meets the Potomac. There are few better ways to beat the heat of a Washington, DC summer than escaping downtown and spending some time on (or in) the water! Fortunately for me and my fellow tubers, it… 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 »

Continuing on the Path to Climate Resiliency

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Like much of the eastern seaboard, Maryland was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy. Significant coastal flooding, power outages and snowfall were many of the woes faced by Marylanders. Communities along the coast experienced significant flooding; many homes and businesses were seriously impacted. In fact, Maryland has seen more than one… Read more »

Rain Garden and Rain Barrel Initiatives

Rain barrel | American Rivers When it rains polluted stormwater often pours directly into rivers from dirty streets and parking lots, or into overburdened wastewater and drinking water treatment systems.  This poses a health hazard for people, as well as fish and wildlife To reduce the effects of stormwater, American Rivers works on the local, state… Read more »

Local Projects

Mid-Atlantic Projects American Rivers has a successful track record protecting and restoring rivers and clean water in the Mid-Atlantic.

Darby Creek Restoration Project

Removal of Kent Park Dam at Drexel Hill, PA Description: The Kent Park Dam was a stone dam that was approximately 10 feet high and 90 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 »

Can a Fish Climb a Ladder?

Jim Thompson (MD DNR) cleans out the top of a blocked fish ladder at Wilson’s Mill Dam on Deer Creek, MD | © Jessie Thomas-Blate As part of our celebration leading up to World Fish Migration Day on May 24, 2014, today we are talking about fish ladders! First things first— what is a fish… Read more »

Looking Ahead to Restoration of Gravel Run

Centreville Dam During the long days of summer, for many, a trek across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge means a jaunt to Ocean City, Maryland, or Rehoboth, Delaware. I’m now an old hand at resisting the siren call of the sandy beaches and ocean waves as I exit off of MD-301 and head for the quaint… Read more »

Earth Day with Plow & Hearth

On a windy Earth Day morning I arrived in Madison, Virginia to attend Plow & Hearth’s Earth Day Celebration.  I had the pleasure to join a group of local, sustainable businesses who were tabling at the event. My favorite aspect of this Earth Day event was that there were so many ways for people to… Read more »