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 »

Kayaking Promotes Better Health – (November 20): James McNulty tried kayaking for the first time at the age of 54. The current president of the Canoe Club of Greater Harrisburg was at in Gifford Pinchot State Park in York County when he signed up for the club on a whim. Soon after that maiden voyage at Gifford Pinchot State Park,… Read more »

Several Rivers Move Closer to Permanent Protection

Yesterday was a big day for rivers as the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved several Wild and Scenic River bills by unanimous consent.  American Rivers has been working with local communities and river groups to develop proposals and advocating on Capitol Hill for several of of these rivers, including the the Molalla River in Oregon and the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River,… Read more »

What state can afford to ignore the benefits of green infrastructure?

Budget trimming in states across the nation have cut deeply into environmental agencies and the programs they manage. A survey of 24 states by the Environmental Council of States reports an average budget reduction to environmental agencies of $12 million this year. In addition, states have lost greater than 5% since 2004 from federal grants… Read more »

Developing Green Infrastructure Solutions: Stormwater Management Workshop and Presentation

American Rivers hosted the workshop Solutions for Municipalities Managing Stormwater at Swarthmore College in January 2009. The workshop was conducted to present sound stormwater management to municipalities and their engineers, citizen-based watershed groups, and civic leadership. The first track of the workshop reviewed problems associated with stormwater runoff, particularly in Pennsylvania, and green infrastructure solutions…. Read more »

Darby Creek Restoration Project

Removal of abandoned railroad piers at Colwyn, PA Description: Removal of two abandoned railroad piers constructed of reinforced concrete. Construction was completed in September 2012. Benefits of removal: The piers trapped debris and contributed to local overtopping of banks and over-widening of the channel. Removal of the piers is expected to alleviate these impacts.

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 »

300 Years Later, Fish Passage Restored to Pennypack Creek

Philadelphia, PA—Following the wave of momentum created by the removal of three dams on Pennypack Creek, the Philadelphia Water Department will begin construction of a rock ramp fishway over one of the utility lines in Pennypack Park this week.  Once complete, these projects will have restored fish passage to the lower 5.8 miles of Pennypack… Read more »

New EPA $1.8 million grant program to restore and protect rivers, forests, and clean water throughout Potomac Highlands region

Washington, DC – Rivers and communities throughout parts of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia stand to benefit from a $1.8 million grant announced today by American Rivers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA’s grant program will help protect and restore the Potomac Highlands, the headwaters of the river that flows through our nation’s… Read more »

Best Places to Let Love Flow: Top Five Rivers for Romance

Cascading water, glistening moonlight, majestic falls—there’s just something about a river that evokes romance. Especially during the February season of love, a river can be the perfect retreat for you and your sweetheart. And this year, we’re helping you out—with five romantic river sites sure to get emotions flowing.    Upper Delaware River, PA |… Read more »