Simkins Dam Removal: Nearly Four Years Later

Simkins Dam In an ideal world, we would have the resources to monitor changes in rivers and streams after many of our restoration projects. Monitoring helps us evaluate the river’s recovery following a major change, like the removal of a dam. Unfortunately, funding constraints often limit the extent and duration of monitoring work, leading to… Read more »

American Rivers Names America’s Most Endangered Rivers(TM) of 2011

Washington, DC – With floodwaters swelling the Mississippi River to historic levels and rivers nationwide at risk from gas drilling, sewage pollution, and other threats, American Rivers today released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™. For the second year in a row, the most endangered river in the United States is a victim… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Moves forward in Congress

Recent and devastating flooding the along the Mississippi has emphasized the need to strengthen our natural defenses.  While the floods we’ve just seen result from many causes, including the destruction of small streams and wetlands upstream, overdevelopment of our cities is another cause. In urbanized areas with hard surfaces like roads and parking lots, rainwater… Read more »

Not Your Typical Cleanup

American Rivers’ National River Cleanup™ offers a variety of support to registered river cleanup organizers. Generally, river cleanups involve walking along a shoreline or paddling in boats to remove typical debris like bottles, food containers, and packaging. But in the case of the Friends of the Patapsco Valley State Park cleanup—this trash isn’t typical! Volunteers… 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 »

Report Card On The Potomac River: Access And Water Supply

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. Potomac River, WV | © Adam Fagen… Read more »

Best Rivers in the Fall – Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast

Today’s post is a guest blog by Taylor Cox. Taylor is a communications intern at American Rivers this fall. She is majoring in Communication, Law, Economics, and Government (CLEG) with a minor in Environmental Science at American University. It’s Autumn, which has American Rivers staff thinking of their favorite rivers to see the season’s colors…. Read more »

Clean Water for Maryland: Local Ordinances for Environmental Site Design

Read the full report Introduction Decades of rapid development and suburban sprawl throughout Maryland have burdened the state’s rivers, lakes and coastal waters with increasing amounts of polluted stormwater runoff. In 2007, the state took a major step towards reversing this growing threat by passing a law requiring the use of Environmental Site Design (ESD)… Read more »

Natural Defenses: Safeguarding Communities from Floods

Increasing Flood Risk in a Changing Climate The impacts of our changing climate are becoming more apparent every day. In the first decade of the new millennium, extreme rainfall events, combined with changes in land use, have resulted in an increase in flood events and in an increase in annual flood losses from $6 billion… Read more »

What’s In Your Water: The State of Public Notification in 11 U.S. States

Executive Summary Our clean water is threatened by aging, overburdened sewer systems that overflow more than 860 billion gallons of raw and partially-treated sewage into our rivers and streams every year. Sewage spills threaten public health, spoil recreation, hinder economic values, and harm wildlife. As pipes age and the population grows, America’s overburdened wastewater infrastructure… Read more »