EPA and American Rivers Award $1.37 Million in Grants to Restore Potomac Highlands Rivers, Clean Water

FROSTBURG, MD – The Environmental Protection Agency and American Rivers today announced the six recipients of $1,373,119 in environmental grants to benefit communities, and protect rivers and clean water in the Potomac Highlands region of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. The announcement was made at Frostburg University in Frostburg, MD by EPA Regional Administrator… Read more »

River Policy Update: March Wrap-Up

Locals Advocate for Wild and Scenic RiversIn March, Congress heard from people who support Wild and Scenic River designations for their favorite rivers. During a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on a bill that would designate the Molalla River as a National Wild and Scenic River, Michael Moody, President of the Molalla River Alliance testified… Read more »

Green to Go Green for Clean Water in the Chesapeake

My office sits near the bank of the Susquehanna River in central Pennsylvania, so it was a treat to leave the office several days ago to travel downstream to where this 464 mile long river flows into the Chesapeake Bay at Havre de Grace, Maryland. I was there to attend an announcement of $4 million… 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 »

Busy Week for Natural Gas Across the Country

Well pad | Credit: Ecoflight   There has been a lot of activity across the country this week as states grapple with the most appropriate ways to deal with the natural gas boom.  Here are some highlights: For America’s Most Endangered River® of 2011, the Susquehanna River, local activists surprised the Commissioners of the Susquehanna… Read more »

Celebrating Green Streets in Maryland

Exciting news for everyone on the green infrastructure front! Our partner Green for All hosted an event in Edmonston, MD this morning (Thursday, Dec. 15th) which featured Congresswoman Donna Edwards and Nancy Stoner, EPA’s acting Assistant Administrator for Water, to celebrate the innovative green street in the town as well as highlight the report Green for… Read more »

Making Our Communities SAFE

The increasing trends of extreme weather we’ve seen over the last couple of years have just been confirmed; last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) new report found that the number of extreme events: increasing temperature, drought, rainfall and flooding, are in fact long term trends, so we’d all better get ready! Preparing… Read more »

An Upstream Battle For Our Rivers

Especially in the fall, one of my favorite weekend activities is to take a hike around Great Falls National Park along the Potomac River. The rushing water always reminds me how close we are to nature, even here in Washington, DC. Even though the ‘Nation’s river’ sometimes gets a bad reputation for being smelly or… Read more »

Oysters Get New Habitat from Dam Pieces

Concrete from the Simkins Dam is headed to its new home today thanks to NOAA and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The dam, which originally blocked more than 22 miles of habitat for migratory fish in the Patapsco River, was removed in December 2010 due to the efforts of American Rivers, the NOAA Restoration Center, the… Read more »

Hurricane Irene Underscores Need For Better Preparation

Over the past week Mother Nature has done a fine job of reminding those of us on the East Coast that she’s the one that’s really in charge. Between the earthquake that shocked us all, and Hurricane Irene still wreaking havoc as it moves up the east coast, we’re reminded that as much as we… Read more »