Ecological Riverfront Design: Restoring Rivers, Connecting Communities

A report by Betsy Otto, Kathleen McCormick, and Michael Leccese American Planning Association (APA) holds the copyright for this report. Please do not copy or post the files provided here without permission from APA. To purchase the full report from the American Planning Association bookstore, click here.  (Note: All links below are in PDF format)… Read more »

The 2009 Great River Adventure: Saturday June 27

Join the Susquehanna River Trail Association for the 2009 Great River Adventure on Saturday, June 27. Participate in the ever-popular “Island Hopper,” a leisurely trip from Fort Hunter to City Island featuring four new island stops with hand-on activities. This event is perfect for families and those interested in learning about the Susquehanna River. For… Read more »

Laurel Hill Creek among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington— Laurel Hill Creek, a key stream in the Youghiogheny watershed and a source of clean drinking water could soon have its unique character destroyed by excessive water withdrawals. This threat landed Laurel Hill Creek in the number seven spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers: 2009 edition. “Sucking too much water out of Laurel Hill… Read more »

American Rivers named Outstanding Conservation Organization for 2008

(Camp Hill, PA) –  American Rivers was named Outstanding Conservation Organization for 2008 today by the Berks County Conservation District. The award recognizes the work of American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, to protect and restore the district’s rivers. “We are honored to receive this award,” said Rebecca Wodder, president of American Rivers…. Read more »

Natural Defenses: Safeguarding Communities from Floods

Increasing Flood Risk in a Changing Climate The impacts of our changing climate are becoming more apparent every day. In the first decade of the new millennium, extreme rainfall events, combined with changes in land use, have resulted in an increase in flood events and in an increase in annual flood losses from $6 billion… Read more »

Beyond Dams: Options and Alternatives

Read the full report (PDF) Introduction Rivers weave in and out of our lives, providing innumerable benefits to communities across the world. In the United States, we rely on our rivers for drinking water, irrigation, aquatic habitat, fisheries, energy, navigation, recreation and simply the natural beauty they bring to our landscapes. Humans have been building… Read more »

Follow the Money: An Agenda for Smarter Infrastructure Funding in the Great Lakes

Executive Summary Our national priorities drive our public investments. The reverse is also true: Where and how we spend public water infrastructure dollars drives future investment priorities. These decisions also have a material impact on the water quality of our communities and the Great Lakes as a whole. Each year the federal government, states, municipalities… Read more »

Dam Removal Success Stories

Read the full report (PDF) Introduction  Few human actions have more significant impacts on a river system than the presence of a dam. As a result, dams occupy a central role in the debate about protecting and restoring our river resources. Many of the major environmental campaigns in the United States, and around the world,… Read more »

Stimulus funding can improve public health, clean water in Pennsylvania

(Washington, DC) – Pennsylvania is ready to take a big step forward into the 21st century.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) has made available $45 million in funding in the form of a set-aside for green infrastructure, and water and energy efficiency projects.  American Rivers conducted a quick survey around the… Read more »

The Proof is in the Pudding

Logically, using dam removal as a technique to restore a river and allow fish to access historic habitat makes sense. However, an important component of demonstrating the success of river restoration projects such as these is being able to gather baseline data before a project starts and monitor the project following implementation. The true rewards… Read more »