Fracking in a Floodplain

Photo by Don Williams When American Rivers named 2011 The Year of the River, we never envisioned that the rivers would be showing themselves in such force across the country this summer. Who needs a parade when you can see cars floating down Main Street? Our recent encounters with Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee… Read more »

Kay Henry named L.L. Bean Outdoor Hero

Kay Henry, a driving force behind the incredible Northern Forest Canoe Trail, is recognized as an L.L. Bean Outdoor Hero. The L.L. Bean Outdoor Hero program was developed to thank those who have dedicated their time to preserving the outdoors. These are people who may not make the front page news, but who change the… Read more »

Not Just a Drop in the Bucket

This morning I woke up, brushed my teeth, took a shower, brewed a cup of tea and made a bowl of oatmeal, filled my iron and pressed my clothes, washed my dishes, got ready for work and went to the office. With the exception of turning off the faucet as I was brushing, and being… Read more »

Restoring Clean Water

For the last 10 years, Clean Water Act protections have been chipped away by confusing Court decisions and inefficient guidance that requires EPA staff to show over and over again what we know – that small streams are connected to big rivers! That’s why today’s action by the Environmental Protection Agency to better protect our small streams… Read more »

The Anatomy of a Dam Failure

Failed dam on the Green River in Massachusetts shows the river flowing around the spillway and through the retaining wall breach. Parts of the northeast took a beating from Hurricane Irene in late August, and along with road failures, culvert failures, and significant property damage, we also saw a number of dam failures. The flood… Read more »

A Bad Day for Mountaintop Removal is a Good Day for Rivers

Kayford Mountain, WV | Vivian Stockman One of the biggest threats to river health in Appalachia is mountaintop removal coal mining.  This is a problem that American Rivers highlighted in our 2012 (Coal River) and 2010 (Gauley River) lists of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.  Both the Coal and Gauley rivers are located in West Virginia… Read more »

The 10th Anniversary of the Removal of Maine’s Edwards Dam

A Historic River Restoration Success Ten years ago, on July 1, 1999, American Rivers and our partners celebrated a historic success when Edwards Dam was removed from the Kennebec River in Augusta, Maine. The dam removal marked a turning point for river conservation in our country.  Since then, more than 600 outdated dams have been removed… Read more »

HR3189 Sucks Rivers Dry – Here’s Why You Should Care

Dry river beds like this could be even more common if HR 3189 gets passed In Colorado and the arid West states, water rights are like property rights. They can be bought, sold or even leased. When someone holds the right to water, they know they are permitted a specific amount of water to use… Read more »