Big Things Happening at Bloede (Behind the Scenes)

Bloede Dam | Latrent Smith If you’ve been following our blog for the past couple of months, you have learned that dam removals can take time to complete. It can entail dozens of moving parts (and partners) and several steps to reach the finish line. For several years we have been working to restore the… Read more »

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 »

Green Infrastructure as Modern Art: Sustaining Our Cities

My colleague Stacey was intrigued after hearing a piece on about the nexus of modern art and sustainable urban design. She writes: Barry Bergdoll, the a curator at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, discussed a new exhibit called “Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront,”which brings artists and architects together to present their solutions… Read more »

National River Cleanup® joins forces on the Potomac River

National River Cleanup® joined the Potomac Conservancy last Saturday for a sunny and productive morning out on our nation’s River.  The river cleanup site in Cabin John, Maryland along the C&O Canal was one of hundreds of cleanup sites that worked out on the Potomac River as part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation 24th Annual… Read more »

The Word of the Day: Fracking

Guess what? One of the most popular search terms on Yahoo recently was… FRACKING! Fracking is all the buzz lately. Unfortunately, this is one hat that is not going to sell out any time soon. Recently, Time magazine hopped on the scoop with an article entitled, “Could Shale Gas Power the World?” The author talks… Read more »

Restoring The Patapsco River One Dam At A Time

Patapsco River, MD | © American Rivers Despite the lack of updates on the Patapsco River Restoration project, things have indeed been moving forward. Perhaps you heard about our successful grant application to NOAA for funds for the Bloede Dam removal? Needless to say, we are thrilled! American Rivers worked with the Maryland Department of… Read more »

Looking Ahead to Restoration of Gravel Run

Centreville Dam During the long days of summer, for many, a trek across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge means a jaunt to Ocean City, Maryland, or Rehoboth, Delaware. I’m now an old hand at resisting the siren call of the sandy beaches and ocean waves as I exit off of MD-301 and head for the quaint… Read more »

American Rivers names America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2012

Washington, D.C. – With Congress considering drastic cuts to national clean water protections, and rivers nationwide facing threats from natural gas drilling, pollution, and new dams, American Rivers today released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®. American Rivers named the Potomac River, known as ‘the nation’s river’ as it flows through the capital,… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Making Its Mark from Small Towns to Big Cities

At the end of September, New York City introduced a $1.5 billion plan to implement green infrastructure technologies across the city to help manage the stormwater runoff that overwhelms the city’s water infrastructure and causes an estimated 1.25 billion gallons of untreated sewage to flow directly into the city’s waterways every year. Together with a $2.9… Read more »

New Water Trails Map for Charles County, MD

Southern Maryland Online: August 25, 2008The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Charles County recently created a new water trails map and guide to lead paddlers along at least four water trail adventures in Charles County. The colorful guide, printed on waterproof and tear-proof paper, was designed primarily for those touring by kayak and canoe… Read more »