Congress passes wild & scenic legislation

In a rare stroke of bi-partisanship the U.S. Senate today passed the most significant piece of legislation to protect new Wild and Scenic Rivers in over five years.  With the Senate passing legislation identical to a bill passed by the U.S House last week Congress can agree on something—river protections are good public policy when… Read more »

Major river protection package advances in Congress

New protections for rivers in Colorado, Delaware, Montana, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Washington Washington – Seven rivers in five states are one step closer to permanent Wild and Scenic protection thanks to a package of bills that the House of Representatives approved today.  It is the first time in five years that the House has… Read more »

Opening up a Creek and Watching Recovery Follow

Restoring Darby Creek, a tributary of the Delaware River, meant tearing down three now-defunct mill dams. Here, the Hoffman Park dam at Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, comes down. Early settlement along Pennsylvania’s Darby Creek relied upon dams to turn the water wheels of mills, powering economic growth. However, as time wore on, the dams on this tributary… Read more »

Conewango Creek Needs Your Vote for River of the Year

Since we posted the original blog (A Tale of Two Dams, found in its entirety below), some great things have happened. First, we successfully completed the dam removals in early September, 2014. The photos below show a comparison of Conewango Creek before and after the Hospital Dam (the largest of the two dams) was removed. Second, Conewango… Read more »

Best Rivers in the Fall – Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast

Today’s post is a guest blog by Taylor Cox. Taylor is a communications intern at American Rivers this fall. She is majoring in Communication, Law, Economics, and Government (CLEG) with a minor in Environmental Science at American University. It’s Autumn, which has American Rivers staff thinking of their favorite rivers to see the season’s colors…. Read more »

Protecting Rivers in Adams County, Pennsylvania

This is a guest blog from Sarah Kipp with the Land Conservancy of Adams County (LCAC), who is going to take you on a little tour of Adams County, Pennsylvania. LCAC has recently completed a wonderful land and river protection project using conservation easements as part of the Potomac Highlands Implementation Grant Program (PHIGP). The… Read more »

Cleaning Up Where We Play

An REI volunteer surveys the trash collected from the boat launch on the Juniata River Water Trail | Peter Roquemore Rivers are focal points in communities and river cleanups draw volunteers from all walks of life. One of my favorite parts of a river cleanup is meeting people and learning their motivations for volunteering their… Read more »

River Rally 2014: American Rivers Joined Global Water Leaders In Pittsburgh.

Charles Slate River Rally is a meeting of river leaders including federal and state resource agency representatives, national and regional environmental non-profits and MANY watershed groups. River Network organizes the annual event each year. This year the Waterkeeper Alliance joined forces to host the event in Pittsburgh, adding an international flair. Keynote speakers included: Pittsbugh’s Mayor… Read more »