Stimulus funding can improve public health, clean water in Pennsylvania

(Washington, DC) – Pennsylvania is ready to take a big step forward into the 21st century.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) has made available $45 million in funding in the form of a set-aside for green infrastructure, and water and energy efficiency projects.  American Rivers conducted a quick survey around the… Read more »

58 Dams to be Removed in 2009

Washington, D.C. — American Rivers today released its annual list of 58 dams in 16 states that have been removed or are slated for removal in 2009. Thanks to the removal of these outdated dams, communities across the country have the opportunity to enjoy better water quality, improved public safety and flood protection, and more… Read more »

American Rivers Kicks Off 20th Anniversary of National River Cleanup(TM)

Washington, DC — American Rivers, the nation’s leading voice for healthy rivers and clean water, today announced the kickoff of National River Cleanup™, now in its 20th year. The program, which mobilizes hundreds of thousands of volunteers to pick up trash from rivers nationwide, is poised for its most successful year to date. Millions of… Read more »

American Rivers names America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2012

Washington, D.C. – With Congress considering drastic cuts to national clean water protections, and rivers nationwide facing threats from natural gas drilling, pollution, and new dams, American Rivers today released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®. American Rivers named the Potomac River, known as ‘the nation’s river’ as it flows through the capital,… Read more »

A Look Back in Honor of National Water Quality Month

Willamette River, OR before the Clean Water Act | Oregon State University Archives I’ve never known a time without a Clean Water Act in the United States. This became particularly clear to me after watching footage from Oregon State University’s archives of the Willamette River in the 1930s and 1940. While I’ve seen water pollution… Read more »

Fish Passage Projects Mean Money and Jobs

A recent article in the New York Daily News outlined some of the cuts proposed by Senate Republicans to the economic stimulus package. Included among those projects was $20 million to remove fish barriers that is earmarked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Naysayers are wrong if they think investing in fish passage projects… Read more »

Green Roofs – My Ah-Ha Moment

Standing with Barbara Deutsch on the green roof at Casey Trees here in Washington, DC, I had my ah-ha moment. Now, Gary has done a great job of explaining what a green roof is and how it works, but I needed to experience one for myself. So we went on a green roof mini-tour visiting… Read more »

Maryland Sues Over Natural Gas Contamination of Susquehanna

It is good to see that the State of Maryland is not taking lightly the contamination of their waters by natural gas activities. Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has sent a letter to Chesapeake Energy notifying them of the State’s intent to sue for violation of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the… Read more »

PA Commission announces Boating Facilities Grant Program

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced that non-profit land trusts, conservancies, and watershed associations may now apply for grants through the agency’s Boating Facilities Grant Program. The program previously allowed only local government entities to apply for the grants. The grant program will reimburse recipients for up to 75% of the costs for land… Read more »

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 »