Then and Now: National River Cleanup History

It was in 1991 that a group of ambitious America Outdoors employees began planning the first National River Cleanup Week. Their goal? “Remove tons of trash and debris from over 3,000 miles of waterways, encourage public involvement in the stewardship of river resources, and foster better working relationships between river interest groups.” In the twenty… Read more »

Investing in Resilient Infrastructure after Superstorm Sandy

A guest blog written by communications intern Johannes Dreisbach. Post-Sandy flooding in Matnoloking, NJ | Greg Thompson, USFWS When Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast in early November, it wreaked unprecedented destruction.   In addition to flooding streets and subway tunnels, uprooting trees, damaging cars and houses, and injuring and killing residents of the area,… Read more »

River Champions – Reader Nominated

Nancy Rich – Wild & Scenic Westfield River Committee Nancy Rich (left, blue jacket) and friends collect macro-invertebrates as indicators of water quality along the Wild & Scenic Westfield River. Nancy Rich is the representative for Chesterfield Massachusetts on the Wild & Scenic Westfield River Committee. She spearheaded a group in her town to adopt… Read more »

Opening up a Creek and Watching Recovery Follow

Restoring Darby Creek, a tributary of the Delaware River, meant tearing down three now-defunct mill dams. Here, the Hoffman Park dam at Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, comes down. Early settlement along Pennsylvania’s Darby Creek relied upon dams to turn the water wheels of mills, powering economic growth. However, as time wore on, the dams on this tributary… Read more »

Senate Approves Permanent Protection for Eightmile River

Washington, D.C. — One of the ecological jewels of Connecticut is now one step closer to being protected forever. As part of the larger package of natural resources bills (S.2739), the Senate has voted 91-4 to permanently protect the Eightmile River as a federal Wild and Scenic River. The omnibus bill is expected to be… Read more »

Dam Removal Saves Jobs in Rural Community

Clarksburg, MA – With the help of U.S. Rep. John Olver, federal funding has been secured to remove the 15 foot high and 200 foot long Briggsville Dam in the town of Clarksburg, Massachusetts. Removal of the outdated dam will help the owner, Cascade School Supplies, avoid excessive financial hardship for repairs to a dam… Read more »

Upper Delaware Named America’s Most Endangered River

Washington, DC — The Upper Delaware River, the drinking water source for 17 million people across New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania is at risk from shale fracking for natural gas, a process  that poisons groundwater and creates toxic pollution. This threat landed the Upper Delaware in the number one spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers:… Read more »

Delaware River Water Withdrawal Needs Public Input

America’s Most Endangered River of 2010, the Upper Delaware, continues to face significant challenges as natural gas development ramps up in the Marcellus Shale.  The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) plans to vote on a water withdrawal application by XTO Energy (ExxonMobil Corp.) for natural gas development in the Delaware River watershed at their regularly scheduled… Read more »

Giving Thanks – for Fresh Food and Clean Water

The holidays are a good time to pause to consider all the things for which we’re thankful. For me, all of the people in my life who keep me laughing and inspired, for family, and for good food (my husband made three different pies this year!) and access to clean and safe water. But, not… Read more »

Major Week for Dam Removals

This is a major week for dam removal, with news that underscores the national leadership of American Rivers and our track record of success in the field of river restoration. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today that it will provide American Rivers with more than $4 million in economic stimulus funding to… Read more »