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 Removal of the outdated dam will help the owner, Cascade School Supplies, avoid excessive financial hardship for repairs to a dam… Read more »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 »

Oil Spill Reminds Us of the Importance of Our Great Waters

As oil continues to flow into the Gulf of Mexico from the devastating BP spill, the connection between clean waters, communities, and healthy wildlife becomes clear. Images of oil soaked brown pelicans, fishermen with no fish to catch, and beachgoers sharing the sand with cleanup crews fill our newspapers and present us with the inescapable… Read more »

Sewage spill in NY’s Hudson River

Most mornings begin this way, a half hour swim in the Hudson River, north along the commuter rail track from my local swimming beach, past the fishing shack cobbled together from driftwood and lumber scraps, up to the old railroad building and back to the little neighborhood swimming beach. There’s a peace to the river… Read more »