Map of US Dam Removals 1936-2013

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 American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams.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 »

A Clean Delaware River: Green Infrastructure Investments in Philadelphia

This blog was co-written by Liz G. Deardorff and Stacey Detwiler. A green street in Philadelphia reduces stormwater runoff which lowers the impact on combined sewer overflows in the Delaware River watershed | © Bureau of Laboratory Services, Michele Adams The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded almost $5 million dollars to academic research… Read more »

Investing In Clean Rivers For A Healthy Chesapeake Bay: New Report

Cities and counties in the Bay states are behind schedule implementing permit controls to reduce stormwater runoff | © Jayme Frye The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has released a new report, “Polluted Runoff: How Investing in Runoff Pollution Control Systems Improves the Chesapeake Bay Region’s Ecology, Economy and Health.” Storm event runoff pollutes thousands of… Read more »

Potomac River Report Card: Better Clarity, Declining Vegetation

The following is a guest post series by JD Willoughby. JD has worked to protect and restore natural resources for more than 20 years in the Chesapeake Bay. Now located in Anchorage, AK, she continues her work in the natural resources field and enjoys exploring the last frontier. The development around the Woodrow Wilson Bridge… Read more »

American Rivers Applauds New National Monument Designations

Washington – American Rivers today applauded President Obama for designating five new national monuments covering more than 240,000 acres. The President of American Rivers, Bob Irvin, made the following statement: “We commend President Obama for his leadership and vision in protecting five new national monuments that will safeguard historic, cultural, and natural treasures for future… Read more »

A Power Struggle on the Delaware

Delaware River, DE, NJ, NY, PA | Nicholas Tonelli In 2007, American Rivers highlighted the Upper Delaware River on our list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® [PDF] because it was threatened by a massive power line through the Wild and Scenic River.   Then again in 2010, the Upper Delaware appeared at the top of the… Read more »

American Rivers and NOAA award $696,692 to restore rivers and fisheries in California, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Oregon

Washington, DC – Rivers and communities will benefit from nearly $700,000 in grants awarded through the national partnership between American Rivers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restoration Center. This funding will support six projects throughout California, Delaware, Massachusetts and Oregon aimed at restoring fisheries, improving public safety, and reducing flood risks. “Removing… Read more »

Cutting for Clean Water

Blog by American Rivers staff members Gary Belan and Anne Paterson For the second year in a row, Aveda selected American Rivers to be a recipient charity for Earth Month in the mid-Atlantic region (DE, MD, VA and Washington, DC), which also happens to be where our headquarters is located.  During Earth Month, participating salons… Read more »

Oppose the Chesapeake Bay Dirty Water Act

Take action to protect the Bay from a bad bill that sets a dangerous precedent to weaken Clean Water Act protections across the country. More dirty water coming to the Chesapeake Bay, and maybe your river soon. Don’t be deceived by the words” reauthorization” and “improvement.” The “Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization and Improvement Act” (H.R…. Read more »

Save the Delaware on International Rivers Day!

  Protect the Delaware River on International Rivers Day!    All across the world today, communities are coming together and speaking out for better protections of our waterways.  Currently, America’s Most Endangered River® of 2010, the Delaware [PDF], is threatened by the Susquehanna-Roseland 500kV Electric Transmission Line.  We believe construction of the proposed project would have… Read more »