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 »

Green Infrastructure in Darby Creek, PA

Darby Creek drains 77 square miles bordering Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and passes through the region’s oldest urban municipalities. Early settlement along the Darby relied upon mill dams for economic growth. And as the Darby watershed communities grew, wastewater and eventually drinking water infrastructure was developed. Today the dams no longer function as originally intended.  Instead they… Read more »

Monitoring riparian recovery along Darby Creek, Pennsylvania

Riparian vegetation along Darby Creek helps stabilize banks and reduce erosion | © Laura Craig This fall, I’ve been monitoring the recovery of the riparian community along the Darby Creek in urban, southeastern Pennsylvania. It is the end of the first full growing season following three dam removals in late 2012 and early 2013. While… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Keeping Chemicals Out of Rivers

Representative Slaughter Introduces Pharmaceutical Stewardship Act A few summers ago, I spent a day paddling down the Schuylkill River. Not along the scenic headwaters, as you might imagine, but right in downtown Philadelphia. There’s nothing quite like seeing a city from the river in a kayak! Across the country, people are getting back to their… Read more »