Susquehanna named Most Endangered River in the Nation

Washington, D.C. – For the second year in a row, the most endangered river in the United States is a victim of natural gas drilling and the environmental hazards associated with hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” according to America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2011. The report, which was released today by American Rivers, is… Read more »

FRAC Act Re-introduced in Congress

The buzz over natural gas continued on Tuesday as the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act was re-introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.  “There is a growing discrepancy between the natural gas industry’s claim that nothing ever goes wrong and the drumbeat of investigations and personal tragedies which demonstrate a… Read more »

Maryland Sues Over Natural Gas Contamination of Susquehanna

It is good to see that the State of Maryland is not taking lightly the contamination of their waters by natural gas activities. Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has sent a letter to Chesapeake Energy notifying them of the State’s intent to sue for violation of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the… Read more »

Susquehanna Listing Sparks Oversight Controversy

On Tuesday, American Rivers listed the Susquehanna River as America’s Most Endangered River because we are concerned about the threat of natural gas development in the watershed. Why are we concerned? Because drilling permits are being issued like gangbusters, and this river provides drinking water to more than 6 million people. The Susquehanna is one… Read more »

Paying for stormwater management: a case for innovation

This blog post was written jointly between Liz G. Deardorff and American Rivers’ conservation intern Molly Armus Public-private partnerships have proven to be great ways to implement innovative green infrastructure techniques, such as “Adapt-a-Bioswale” in Ohiopyle, PA | © Liz G. Deardorff Paying for stormwater management can be challenging, especially for small urban municipalities that… Read more »

Confronting Restoration Challenges in Urban Areas

Sewer, gas, and water lines created an added challenge to the Easton Dam removal, Lehigh River, PA | PA Fish & Boat Commission As we have been talking about river restoration challenges this month, it is important to recognize that different challenges exist in different environments. Today, I am going to talk about some of… 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 »

Going Green to Save Green: Economic Benefits of Green Infrastructure Practices

American Rivers’ series of new reports highlights the economic benefits of green infrastructure strategies to better manage polluted runoff. These practices, from rain gardens to green roofs, work by capturing rainwater where it falls. By reducing the polluted runoff that flows into rivers and streams, green infrastructure practices play a critical role in protecting clean… Read more »