Climate – Back in the Conversation?

Jacqueline Poggi Is climate change finally back in the conversation? Last week climate was a key theme in many political conversations within the Administration and on the Hill. In President Obama’s inauguration speech, climate was front and center. “Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of… Read more »

Feds revoke operating license for hydropower dam on Ocmulgee River

Ocmulgee River, GA | Phillip Jordan (Washington) – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission late last week revoked the operating license of Eastern Hydroelectric Corporation for the East Juliette hydropower dam located on the Ocmulgee River, but failed to require dam removal as recommended by American Rivers and Altamaha Riverkeeper. American Rivers urged federal fisheries managers… Read more »

EPA and American Rivers Award $1.37 Million in Grants to Restore Potomac Highlands Rivers, Clean Water

FROSTBURG, MD – The Environmental Protection Agency and American Rivers today announced the six recipients of $1,373,119 in environmental grants to benefit communities, and protect rivers and clean water in the Potomac Highlands region of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. The announcement was made at Frostburg University in Frostburg, MD by EPA Regional Administrator… Read more »

Is Your Favorite River Endangered This Year?

Guess what rivers are the most endangered this year?  If you live in this state alphabet soup, you might see a nearby river in the news on May 15: CO, DC, GA, IA, KS, MD, MO, MT, ND, NE, OH, PA, SD, UT, VA, WA, WV, and WY Are you wondering what issues we will… Read more »

The Clean Water Act Through the Generations

Michael Paul Growing up in Georgia, my sister and I spent countless hours walking the banks of our little creek, crossing fallen logs, racing stick boats, and looking for buried treasure that we were sure lay beneath the sandbars. It didn’t matter to us that our creek was known officially on maps only as “an… Read more »

It’s Time To Act, Mr. President

Stormwater in Washington, DC | Lynnette Batt As I noted in my blog earlier this week, both the Obama Administration and Members of Congress have been paying more attention to climate change since the Inauguration and the start of the 113th Congress, and it only took a few billion-dollar events to get their full attention…. Read more »

Senate Passes Flood Insurance Reform

Washington – In a win for public safety, taxpayers, and the environment, the Senate and House today passed critical reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program.  American Rivers has worked for years to reform the program, which has run up a near $20 billion debt to the Federal Treasury, and encouraged destruction of floodplains and… Read more »

MLK Day of Service: Volunteer to Clean Your River

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once stated in 1957, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”  His words continue to resonate with us to this day as the upcoming anniversary of his birth approaches on January 16, 2012. On August 23, 1994 under President Bill Clinton, federal legislation was… Read more »

House Attacks Public Health Protections in the Name of Coal

Stream Pollution from Coal Mines near Route 160 in Letcher County, Kentucky | Last week, Representative Johnson (R-OH) introduced the “Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012” (H.R. 3409) with the bill expected to hit the floor this week. If the goal of the bill’s sponsors is to protect the coal industry, they… Read more »