Lessons Learned from Contentious Dam Removals

The Boston Globe Magazine published an article this week about a debate to remove three dams from the Shawsheen River in Massachusetts. The article highlighted what American Rivers staff around the country have been confronting for more than a decade: While removing dams is the most effective way to restore native, self-sustaining river habitat, dam removal projects… Read more »

Obama prioritizes rivers and blue trails in America’s Great Outdoors

You spoke, and the Obama Administration listened. This past spring, President Obama launched the America’s Great Outdoors initiative aimed at preserving our natural resources and promoting recreation, especially among youth. American Rivers rallied thousands of supporters like you nationwide to turn out across the country at official and homegrown listening sessions hosted by the administration. All… Read more »

Sewage Right To Know Passes In New York

Summer is here and its time to boat, swim and yes, paddleboard, in our rivers and lakes. But to keep safe and healthy and with hundreds of billions of raw and partially treated sewage still getting into our waters every year, you really need to know if and when there’s been a sewage spill. As… Read more »

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

Marion Stoddart – Nashua River Watershed Association In the early 1960’s, Marion Stoddart decided to restore the Nashua River in Massachusetts and New Hampshire which was then considered one of the 10 most polluted rivers in the United States. She met with Massachusetts Governor John Volpe, Fitchburg Mayor William Flynn and the executives of the paper… Read more »

Cleaning up Rivers with Keurig Green Mountain

Volunteers cleaned up 500 tires from the Merrimack River! | Clean River Project We arrived early to the volunteer check-in site on the morning of our cleanup. With plenty of time to set-up before volunteers were expected to arrive I took a seat on a bench overlooking the Charles River. As I sipped my coffee… 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 »