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 »

Susquehanna named Most Endangered River in the Nation

Washington, D.C. – For the second year in a row, the most endangered river in the United States is a victim of natural gas drilling and the environmental hazards associated with hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” according to America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2011. The report, which was released today by American Rivers, is… Read more »

Busy Week for Natural Gas Across the Country

Well pad | Credit: Ecoflight   There has been a lot of activity across the country this week as states grapple with the most appropriate ways to deal with the natural gas boom.  Here are some highlights: For America’s Most Endangered River® of 2011, the Susquehanna River, local activists surprised the Commissioners of the Susquehanna… Read more »

Making Strides Toward Greater Protection for Delaware River

As anyone who follows the trials and tribulations impacting our nation’s rivers knows, you have to celebrate the small victories.  Today we are celebrating the Delaware River because we are one step closer to increasing vital protections for this watershed that provides millions of people with clean drinking water, exciting opportunities to explore nature with… Read more »

Sojourn on the Susquehanna

June is Rivers Month and what better way to celebrate than to join in the Wyoming Valley RiverFest and Sojourn near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania! An event of the Wyoming Valley Watershed Coaliton, RiverFest reconnects the community with the Susquehanna River, a historic, cultural, environmental, and recreational asset to the region. Join the RiverFest on June 19th-21st… Read more »

Fall River Cleanup With REI

Volunteers work together to cleanup the Juniata River, PA | American Rivers The REI & Keep Bedford County Beautiful annual cleanup is a memorable river cleanup for me.  This was my first official river cleanup as the National River Cleanup® Campaign Manager in September 2011.  Attending as a veteran this year – I loved recognizing… Read more »

State Stormwater Permits

Using Greener Strategies to Improve Clean Water with Stormwater Permits American Rivers is promoting green infrastructure solutions within state urban stormwater permits. Some of the greatest improvements to manage the impacts of stormwater can happen on urban landscapes: natural landscapes minimize stormwater runoff to just 10% while as much as 55% of rain runs directly… Read more »

Darby Creek Restoration Project

Removal of Kent Park Dam at Drexel Hill, PA Description: The Kent Park Dam was a stone dam that was approximately 10 feet high and 90 feet long. The age of the dam is unknown; it appears in the PA DEP Division of Dam Safety records in 1919, but likely dates to the early- or… Read more »

Major river protection package advances in Congress

New protections for rivers in Colorado, Delaware, Montana, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Washington Washington – Seven rivers in five states are one step closer to permanent Wild and Scenic protection thanks to a package of bills that the House of Representatives approved today.  It is the first time in five years that the House has… Read more »