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 »

Gettin’ Dirty with REI

REI is not only a generous sponsor of American Rivers’ National River Cleanup™ but on September 18th they rolled up their sleeves and got dirty during their own river cleanup along the Juniata in Bedford, Pennsylvania.  It was a crisp cool morning that turned into a warm and pleasant afternoon, perfect for a cleanup. I had… Read more »

NY Senate Votes for Marcellus Moratorium and Shocking PA Study is Reported

I am happy to note that the New York State Senate voted last week to protect New York’s drinking water by passing legislation (S.8129B, sponsored by Sen. Antoine Thompson (D-Buffalo)), that will enact a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas until May 15, 2011.  This is good news for America’s Most Endangered River of 2010, the… Read more »

The Mad Hatter Resides at ORSANCO

A proposal change to water quality standards for the Ohio River could result in eight states permitting the discharge of greater amounts of mercury into the river. Mercury earned the nickname “mad hatter” because hat makers exposed to the toxin suffered neurologic damage. Today, the pollutant is emitted by coal fired power plants which allow… Read more »

Funding Green Infrastructure in Pennsylvania

Download the full report (PDF) Executive Summary A twist on a familiar adage amongst water managers is “when it rains, it drains.” While not unique to Pennsylvania, in suburban and urban municipalities, centuries of strong growth, including recent decades of sprawl, have  transformed much of the state’s natural land cover into extensive impervious surface. As a… Read more »

Help Shape the Fracking Study!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting four public information meetings on the proposed study of the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and its potential impacts on drinking water. Hydraulic fracturing is a process that helps production of natural gas or oil from shale and other geological formations. This is the process behind our listings of… Read more »

Good News for #1 Most Endangered River!

We have had some good news on our #1 Most Endangered River, the Upper Delaware!   Our call to action was that the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) issue a moratorium on all drilling for natural gas until they complete a thorough environmental impact study of the impacts of hydraulic fracturing. I have learned that the… Read more »

American Rivers announces America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2010

Washington, DC — American Rivers today released its most anticipated report of the year, America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2010. The 25th anniversary edition of the report spotlights ten rivers facing the most urgent threats, and also features key endangered river success stories from the past two decades. The number one river on the list is… Read more »

Monongahela River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC — The drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people is at risk from toxic pollution created by natural gas extraction in the Monongahela River Basin. This threat landed the Monongahela in the number nine spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers™: 2010 edition, produced by American Rivers. “We must put the brakes on the… Read more »