Survey Says Water Is More Important than Gas

Are people concerned about potential impacts of natural gas development on their water?  Yes they are.  The nonprofit Civil Society Institute has released results from a new survey about people’s opinions on natural gas development.  This is the first national poll to gauge the attitudes of Americans on the subject.  In addition to the national… Read more »

Virginia bill threatens to put its citizens and local rivers at risk

Recently, the Virginia Senate passed legislation (SB 276) that strips Virginia Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Dam Safety Office of its ability to order repairs on dams it finds deficient, if that dam has an Emergency Action Plan in place, unless the state has funding to pay for said repairs themselves. This deals a… Read more »

Fall River Cleanup With REI

Volunteers work together to cleanup the Juniata River, PA | American Rivers The REI & Keep Bedford County Beautiful annual cleanup is a memorable river cleanup for me.  This was my first official river cleanup as the National River Cleanup® Campaign Manager in September 2011.  Attending as a veteran this year – I loved recognizing… Read more »

River Conservation Fellowship: Accepting Applications

Hoback River, WY | Scott Bosse Application Deadline: January 18, 2013 For anyone interested in engaging communities, preserving our water resources, and becoming a leader in the world of river conservation, the Anthony A. Lapham River Conservation Fellowship is the opportunity of a lifetime.           American Rivers launched the fellowship program in 2007, with the… Read more »

Green Infrastructure in Darby Creek, PA

Darby Creek drains 77 square miles bordering Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and passes through the region’s oldest urban municipalities. Early settlement along the Darby relied upon mill dams for economic growth. And as the Darby watershed communities grew, wastewater and eventually drinking water infrastructure was developed. Today the dams no longer function as originally intended.  Instead they… Read more »

Easing Into River Protection

Boyer Nursery Protected Through the Marsh Creek Project | © Sarah Kipp, Land Conservancy of Adams County Recently, we have been learning about conservation easements as part of our River Protection work under a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to protect lands in the Potomac Highlands region. The Potomac Highlands are located in the… Read more »

Darby Creek Restoration Project

Removal of Darby Borough Dam & Realignment of Channel at Darby, PA Description: The Darby Borough Dam was a concrete-capped, stone structure that was approximately 6feet high and 80 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… Read more »

A Migratory Fish Photo Adventure on Deer Creek

Saturday, May 24, 2014, is the inaugural World Fish Migration Day. People across the globe will be learning all about fish that are making magnificent treks in order to reproduce, live, and hopefully thrive. To get into the spirit, I spent a day in the field with a fisheries biologist with the Maryland Department of Natural… Read more »

Simkins Dam Removal: Nearly Four Years Later

Simkins Dam In an ideal world, we would have the resources to monitor changes in rivers and streams after many of our restoration projects. Monitoring helps us evaluate the river’s recovery following a major change, like the removal of a dam. Unfortunately, funding constraints often limit the extent and duration of monitoring work, leading to… Read more »

Spring in Waynesboro, VA

Today we have a guest blog from Trafford McRae, Stormwater Program Manager at the City of Waynesboro Public Works. Trafford was the leader on a park-side river restoration project in western Virginia that American Rivers funded through our partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) called the Potomac Highlands Implementation Grant Program. Students touring Waynesboro… Read more »