American Rivers names Augusta, ME one of nation’s top ‘water wise’ communities

Washington, DC — American Rivers today named Augusta, Maine as one of the nation’s top “water wise” communities protecting clean water and public health with innovative green solutions. The city was chosen for its improvement of river health following the removal of Edwards Dam.  The report, “Natural Security: how sustainable water strategies are preparing communities for… Read more »

Good News for #1 Most Endangered River!

We have had some good news on our #1 Most Endangered River, the Upper Delaware!   Our call to action was that the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) issue a moratorium on all drilling for natural gas until they complete a thorough environmental impact study of the impacts of hydraulic fracturing. I have learned that the… Read more »

Oppose the Chesapeake Bay Dirty Water Act

Take action to protect the Bay from a bad bill that sets a dangerous precedent to weaken Clean Water Act protections across the country. More dirty water coming to the Chesapeake Bay, and maybe your river soon. Don’t be deceived by the words” reauthorization” and “improvement.” The “Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization and Improvement Act” (H.R…. Read more »

Sewer Line Breaks, Dumping Raw Sewage in the Hudson

Dirty water in NY waterways | Tom Giebel/Atomische.com Many of our programs and efforts here at American Rivers are focused on creating the “right” water infrastructure for our communities. Particularly in older towns and cities, like the Hudson River Valley town where I live, our water and sewer pipes are more than a century old,… Read more »

Two Outstanding Rivers You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Last Wednesday Chris O’Shea of the Missisquoi River Basin Association testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands (I think we need a rivers and waters committee) on behalf of the Missisquoi and Trout Rivers in Vermont. U.S. Rep. Welch has introduced a bill that asks the National Park Service… Read more »

Rebuilding Better in New York

Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island, NY | Andrea Booher, FEMA Soon after Hurricane Sandy hit, devastating much of the Northeast, politicians and experts took to the press to urge the government to help communities rebuild “better”. But what exactly does rebuilding “better” mean? American Rivers offered some basic suggestions: Rebuild in the right… Read more »

River Champions – Reader Nominated

Pete Seeger – Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. © Anthony Pepiton Pete Seeger, co-founder of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, has worked to highlight pollution in the Hudson River and worked to clean it. Seeger was an iconic singer-songwriter best known for his contributions to the American folk musical revival and his activism. In the late… Read more »

Congress passes wild & scenic legislation

In a rare stroke of bi-partisanship the U.S. Senate today passed the most significant piece of legislation to protect new Wild and Scenic Rivers in over five years.  With the Senate passing legislation identical to a bill passed by the U.S House last week Congress can agree on something—river protections are good public policy when… Read more »