Register for National River Cleanup 2011!

River cleanup season is here! Have you considered organizing a cleanup on your local river? Registration is now open for the 2011 season. Help us celebrate the 20th Anniversary of National River Cleanup™ by registering today. American Rivers’ National River Cleanup™ connects people across the country to their local rivers ands streams though hands-on volunteerism. In… Read more »

Sneak Preview of an Endangered River Success: The Penobscot

The release of America’s Most Endangered Rivers: 2010 edition is less than a week away. A couple days ago I gave you a sneak peek of one of our endangered rivers success stories, the Elwha. Today I want to share another one. Maine’s Penobscot River, New England’s second largest river, used to teem with Atlantic… Read more »

Why Clean Rivers?

This is a guest blog post from Samantha Wright, Project Scientist at FB Environmental Associates, Inc. Samantha writes about the importance of the Clean Water Act to her work as an environmental scientist. Rain gardens help to reduce stormwater runoff and protect clean water | Samantha Wright As an environmental scientist living in coastal New… Read more »

Northeast Region

Northeast Region Dragonfly, Norwalk River, CT | Paul Fusco, NRCS With climate change bringing more intense floods and droughts, our work to protect the Northeast’s rivers and fresh water is more important than ever. For years, we have led the effort to protect and restore the rivers of the Northeast by spearheading efforts to remove… Read more »

Mill River returned to its streambed as Whittenton Dam removed

Demolition of the Whittenton Dam on Mill River, MA | © Rachel Calabro Demolition of the Whittenton Dam began on July 19 with the sound of heavy machinery in the air as state Sen. Marc Pacheco manned an excavator kicking off the removal. A little more than two weeks later, the Mill River was released… Read more »

River Rebirth: Removing Edwards Dam on Maine’s Kennebec River

This article was originally published to celebrate the 2009 10 year anniversary of Edwards Dam removal. It was written by Andrew Fahlund, American Rivers’ Senior Vice President for Conservation at the time, and published by National Geographic. Before and 10 years after removal of Edwards Dam, Kennebec River, Maine Perhaps no other injury to a river… 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 »

Better stream crossings make for safer roads during storms

Here in the Northeast we saw a lot of damage to roads and streams from Hurricane Irene in Vermont, Massachusetts and New York. In many places, road-stream crossings such as bridges and culverts were over topped and washed out, leaving large gaps in our road maps, some of which are still being repaired months later…. Read more »