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 »

The Maxwell Pond Dam on Black Brook to be Removed

Manchester, NH — The City of Manchester is taking an important step toward fostering a more resilient community this week as construction begins on the removal of the Maxwell Pond Dam on Black Brook. Reporters are invited to view the removal of the spillway and talk to dam removal experts on Monday, March 2 (details… Read more »

American Rivers Releases List of 2010 Dam Removals

Washington DC – American Rivers, the leading conservation organization fighting for healthy rivers so communities can thrive, today announced its annual list of 60 dams that were removed in 2010, benefitting hundreds of miles of rivers nationwide. The list includes obsolete dams in California, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio,… Read more »

American Rivers names Boston one of nation’s top ‘water wise’ communities

Washington, DC — American Rivers today named Boston as one of the nation’s top “water wise” communities protecting clean water and public health with innovative green solutions. Boston was chosen for its cost-saving natural flood protection measures. The report, “Natural Security: how sustainable water strategies are preparing communities for a changing climate,” comes as Congress is… Read more »

Desperate Alewives

Culverts funded for replacement on Muscongus Brook in Bremen, Maine | © Amy Singler Maine Public Broadcasting Network program Sustainable Maine recently aired a great episode titled, “Desperate Alewives.” The program focuses on the anadromous alewives that once migrated up New England rivers by the millions but have declined dramatically. The information on the history… Read more »

Good ‘Bad News’ for the Mon

Sometimes we hope for bad news, in the anticipation that it will highlight a problem, increase awareness, and turn it into good news down the line.  I find myself celebrating such a paradox today, as the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has characterized the Monongahela River as impaired due to elevated sulfate levels in this major drinking… Read more »

Our Latest Wild and Scenic River on its Way to Passage!

Great news from the nation’s capitol. Late on Wednesday the U.S. Senate voted 91-4 for Wild and Scenic River protection for the Eightmile River in Connecticut as a part of a larger public lands bill. We are confident that the U.S. House will also pass this bill and it will be signed into law by… Read more »

Shell Shocked

Alison, our ever faithful Herring Warden continues battling the elements, and it turns out also reptilian life, as we find out in her latest report from the field… Hello from the Herring Warden! If there is any confusion as to what that entails, click here to read more about it. Basically, I make sure the… Read more »