Will the Delaware River Basin Soon be Fracked Up?

Tell the Delaware River Basin Commission to vote “NO” on fracking on Nov. 21st! The fate of America’s Most Endangered River™ of 2010 could be determined this month in a critical vote on natural gas regulations.    The tension in the region is palpable, even from my desk here in Washington, D.C.  On November 21, the… Read more »

American Rivers and NOAA Award $290,000 to Restore Rivers and Improve Fish Passage in Six States

 Washington, D.C. – Rivers and fisheries nationwide are getting a boost, thanks to a partnership between American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restoration Center. $290,000 in Community-based Habitat Restoration Program Partnership grants were awarded this year to reconnect fragmented river habitat, improve river health and… Read more »

A Power Struggle on the Delaware

Delaware River, DE, NJ, NY, PA | Nicholas Tonelli In 2007, American Rivers highlighted the Upper Delaware River on our list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® [PDF] because it was threatened by a massive power line through the Wild and Scenic River.   Then again in 2010, the Upper Delaware appeared at the top of the… Read more »

Senate Has Opportunity to Protect Clean Water, Public Health

(Washington, DC) – Every year, more than 860 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage foul America’s waters and threaten public health, but most people have no idea that these spills occur in their local rivers and streams. Today Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) took an important step towards changing that when he reintroduced right-to-know… Read more »

Infrastructure at the Forefront in Disasters

Wastewater treatment plant in New York It can be easy to forget just how important our water infrastructure can be, until a catastrophic event like Hurricane Sandy comes along and knocks these systems out of commission. Some coastal areas experienced massive wastewater treatment plant failures, causing untreated sewage to flow into nearby rivers, and people… 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 »