American Rivers Applauds Secretary Salazar’s Leadership and Legacy

Washington – Commenting on today’s announcement that Ken Salazar will step down as Secretary of the Interior by the end of March, Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers, made the following statement: “Secretary Salazar has been a true champion for protecting and restoring rivers and his leadership will be missed by everyone who cares about… Read more »

Explore the America’s Rivers through “River Stories”

See The Stories Take a virtual tour down America’s rivers! Ever wonder what it’s like to travel down some of America’s most scenic rivers? American Rivers, the National Park Service, and local conservation and recreation groups across the country have teamed up to create, “River Stories.” Powered by National Geographic Maps GeoStories, “River Stories” uses… Read more »

Tubing The Shenandoah Puts Importance Of Clean Water Into Focus

Last weekend, I spent the day tubing down the Shenandoah River by Harper’s Ferry, close to where it meets the Potomac. There are few better ways to beat the heat of a Washington, DC summer than escaping downtown and spending some time on (or in) the water! Fortunately for me and my fellow tubers, it… Read more »

The Clean Water Network Celebrates Clean Water Act 40th Anniversary

This is a guest blog from Natalie Roy, Executive Director, Clean Water Network Natalie Roy, Executive Director, Clean Water Network When I was ten years old, I wrote letters to President Lyndon Johnson and New York Mayor John Lindsey. The letters conveyed my ten-year-old sense of outrage about polluted air and water as well as… Read more »

Map of US Dam Removals 1936-2014

Few things have such a fundamental impact on a river as a dam. Dams block a river’s flow and can harm clean water, fish and wildlife, and recreation opportunities. American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams. We have been creating a running inventory of all dam removal projects we… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Projects in DC Would Create Jobs, Stimulate Economy

Visit www.americanrivers.org/readytogoprojects for project details Visit www.americanrivers.org/greeninfrastructure for information on water infrastructure and economic stimulus Washington, DC — Green infrastructure projects are critical to stimulating the economy, and American Rivers and its partners have identified 12 examples of ready-to-go projects with a value of nearly $16 million in the District of Columbia that would not… Read more »

Float-In for Earth Day!

Do you love paddling and being out on the river? What better way to spend your Earth Day than on the water with friends? Good news then – our good friends at the Clean Water Network are hosting the first ever Float-In Earth Day on the Anacostia River. The event is to highlight the upcoming… Read more »

Water Bottles Pollute River Clean-up

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to join our National River Clean-up Coordinator Ginny Crake on a clean-up event with Catholic University’s incoming first year law students at Rock Creek Park. This was a special occasion for me for a number of reasons; first because I live in the backyard of Rock Creek, second, because I lived… Read more »

The Clean Water Act: Preserving the Past and Improving the Future

This is a guest blog from one of our conservation interns Ryan Cook Gulf Branch stream, Arlington, VA | Ryan Cook When you’re growing up everything seems bigger.  In elementary school I played in the Gulf Branch stream in Arlington, overlooking the Potomac River.  My younger self treated the largest pool as a veritable lagoon,… Read more »

River Champions – Reader Nominated

Kathleen (Kay) Fulcomer – Canoe Cruisers Association Kay has been advocating and working for the protection and restoration of the Potomac River and its sub-watersheds throughout Montgomery County, MD for the last three decades. As a science teacher in the county she has taught hundreds of students how to monitor and protect small streams in… Read more »