Restoration of the Musconetcong River (New Jersey)

Musconetcong River | Laura Craig The Musconetcong River is a New Jersey gem, draining the rural, northwestern part of the state. With a 158 square mile watershed, and at nearly 46 miles in length, it is one of the largest tributaries to the Delaware River. The river is an undeniably beautiful part of New Jersey’s… Read more »

Musconetcong Watershed Association Wins Governor’s Award

A good friend and partner to American Rivers, the Musconetcong Watershed Association, was awarded a 2008 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award. The group was nominated by Nancy Lawler of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Ms. Lawler sums up the work MWA does best by saying, “The Musconetcong Watershed Association has been at the forefront… Read more »

72 Dams removed in 2014

Download the 2014 Dam Removals list [PDF] Download a comprehensive list of dams removed 1998-2014 [PDF] Explore the interactive map of all dam removals (Washington) — Communities in 19 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 72 dams in 2014, restoring more than 730 miles of streams for the… Read more »

Not Just a Drop in the Bucket

This morning I woke up, brushed my teeth, took a shower, brewed a cup of tea and made a bowl of oatmeal, filled my iron and pressed my clothes, washed my dishes, got ready for work and went to the office. With the exception of turning off the faucet as I was brushing, and being… Read more »

Save the Delaware on International Rivers Day!

  Protect the Delaware River on International Rivers Day!    All across the world today, communities are coming together and speaking out for better protections of our waterways.  Currently, America’s Most Endangered River® of 2010, the Delaware [PDF], is threatened by the Susquehanna-Roseland 500kV Electric Transmission Line.  We believe construction of the proposed project would have… Read more »

Dam Removal in New Jersey: Background, Regulatory Guidance, and Practical Aspects

Download the report As dams become obsolete or fall into a state of disrepair, removal is a sensible option for a number of reasons, including improved public safety, enhanced recreational opportunities, and restored ecological benefits. Specifically, dam removal removes a safety liability, improves fishing opportunities, restores unimpeded river access to boaters, increases the availability of… Read more »

Permitting Dam Removal: The State of (Several) States

Read the full report (PDF) Introduction Dam owners and communities are increasingly considering the option of removing dams that are unsafe, obsolete or simply causing more harm than good. But as more dam removal projects are proposed, many states are finding that the application of existing permitting processes can be unreasonably complicated, time consuming, and expensive… 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 »