Congress passes wild & scenic legislation

In a rare stroke of bi-partisanship the U.S. Senate today passed the most significant piece of legislation to protect new Wild and Scenic Rivers in over five years.  With the Senate passing legislation identical to a bill passed by the U.S House last week Congress can agree on something—river protections are good public policy when… Read more »

First Dam Removal in the State of Delaware

White Clay Creek flows freely at the former site of the Byrnes Mill Dam. Portions of the historic structure and millrace remain intact following the December 2014 removal. On December 4th, 2014 the Byrnes Mill Dam on White Clay Creek in Delaware, also known as White Clay Creek Dam No. 1, was breached to allow… Read more »

Major river protection package advances in Congress

New protections for rivers in Colorado, Delaware, Montana, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Washington Washington – Seven rivers in five states are one step closer to permanent Wild and Scenic protection thanks to a package of bills that the House of Representatives approved today.  It is the first time in five years that the House has… Read more »

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 American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams.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