American Rivers announces America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2010

Washington, DC — American Rivers today released its most anticipated report of the year, America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2010. The 25th anniversary edition of the report spotlights ten rivers facing the most urgent threats, and also features key endangered river success stories from the past two decades. The number one river on the list is… Read more »

Delaware Commission Delays Permit for Frack Water Withdrawal

The fight continues for America’s Most Endangered River of 2010, the Upper Delaware.  Yesterday, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) unanimously voted to postpone a decision on a water withdrawal permit for fracking in the Marcellus Shale.  The permit was proposed by XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil.  DRBC had received 7100 emails and another… Read more »

Getting the Full Story on the Towanda Fracking Spill

Yesterday, on the anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf, there was another disaster in Pennsylvania. A well blew out during a fracking operation, sending thousands of gallons of wastewater and toxic chemicals into a stream that feeds the Susquehanna River. You can read our press statement. Chesapeake Energy, the company responsible for… Read more »

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

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 »