American Rivers Releases List of 2010 Dam Removals

Washington DC – American Rivers, the leading conservation organization fighting for healthy rivers so communities can thrive, today announced its annual list of 60 dams that were removed in 2010, benefitting hundreds of miles of rivers nationwide. The list includes obsolete dams in California, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio,… 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 »

Kayaking Promotes Better Health

PennLive.com – (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 »

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 »