Protecting Clean Water in the Potomac River

If you live and work in the Washington, DC area, this year’s number one Most Endangered River may hit closer to home than you might think. The Potomac River provides drinking water for over 5 million people in Maryland, Virginia, and the District. Enough so that the odds are pretty good that if you drank a… Read more »

Local Stormwater Codes and Ordinances

In addition to any federal or state clean water requirements, local governments have an important role to evaluate their own codes and ordinances to ensure they are protecting our communities and our waterways. American Rivers is working at the local level to review current codes and ordinances to provide sound recommendations to Planning Commissions and… Read more »

Can a Fish Climb a Ladder?

Jim Thompson (MD DNR) cleans out the top of a blocked fish ladder at Wilson’s Mill Dam on Deer Creek, MD | © Jessie Thomas-Blate As part of our celebration leading up to World Fish Migration Day on May 24, 2014, today we are talking about fish ladders! First things first— what is a fish… 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 »

Major Week for Dam Removals

This is a major week for dam removal, with news that underscores the national leadership of American Rivers and our track record of success in the field of river restoration. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today that it will provide American Rivers with more than $4 million in economic stimulus funding to… Read more »

Protecting Our Clean Water with the STOPS Runoff Act

Today, Senator Cardin (D-Md.) introduced the STOPS Runoff Act of 2011 that will reduce polluted runoff from federally funded highways and roads. It’s hard to believe that the streets and highways we drive on every day are one of the leading sources of water pollution. But think about it – with over 985,139 miles of… Read more »

A Migratory Fish Photo Adventure on Deer Creek

Saturday, May 24, 2014, is the inaugural World Fish Migration Day. People across the globe will be learning all about fish that are making magnificent treks in order to reproduce, live, and hopefully thrive. To get into the spirit, I spent a day in the field with a fisheries biologist with the Maryland Department of Natural… Read more »

Removal of Centreville Dam Kicks Off Today

Removal of the Centreville Dam on Maryland’s Eastern Shore begins in earnest this September. The project will reconnect fragmented river habitat for alewife, blueback herring, American eel and other migratory fish, as well as alleviate some potential for upstream flooding.